Childhood Cancer Research Fundraiser

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As I mentioned in my last blog post, I am fundraising for childhood cancer research with pediatric cancer non-profit Open Hands, Overflowing Hearts. OHOH is a 501c(3) founded by Kayla Funk, who is a around my age and was diagnosed with neuroblastoma a few years ago. OHOH is particularly close to my heart because I have had the opportunity to get to know Kayla and really admire her dedication to bringing funding to pediatric cancer research.

Pediatric cancer receives less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget and childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of children. Even among those who survive, the effects of treatment are harsh and life-altering. If you need more convincing, check out this sweet graphic made by OHOH:


The fundraiser has three options:

  1. Take a guess at the number of M&Ms in this jar for a chance to win one of two M&M prizes (they are sweet personalized M&Ms for childhood cancer awareness).
  2. Buy raffle ticket(s) for artwork made by friends of mine who are fighting or have fought childhood cancer.
  3. A customizeable donation selection.

Price points are set at $7 to represent the 7 children who lose their life to childhood cancer every day and $46 to represent the 46 children diagnosed with cancer every day. On June 18, 2015, I was one of the 46.

If you need more convincing, think of this as a birthday present. September 24 is the one year anniversary of my bone marrow transplant and considered my first “re-birthday.” Is it tacky to ask for birthday presents, let alone for a day that’s not even my actual birthday? Sure. But I think I earned it through copious amounts of suffering. Again, here’s the link: It will stay open through the entire month of September!


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