Although interacting with the kids was a highlight of the event, the most awe-inspiring moments came from conversing with family members of cancer patients. Did you know that only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer? One family from Oklahoma stopped by the booth and spoke to us about the loss of one of their young family members earlier that year and how her life and her struggle were worth more than just 4%. Despite this somber conversation, it reiterated that there is so much more work to be done to find a cure for pediatric cancer and how important it is to continuously enrich the lives of pediatric cancer patients all over the nation.
What an honor to have one of our facilities reach out to us for a change. The event is an annual event for the neonatal unit in Rochester, for all patients and families from the previous five years. The weather looked like it would be full of rain for days leading up to the event, but not a drop came and the sky was full of sun!
As a storyteller myself, I believe deeply in the magical and transformative power of the imagination. With the help of your generous contribution we will be able to create magic where our little queens and heroes can experience a dream coming true. As an advocate for this foundation, I am committed to nurturing hope and inspiring them to always persevere. After all, we are the guardians of our children's galaxy.
Thank you for aligning your resources with your heart to support the launch of the Los Angeles Chapter. Every gift counts!
A CALL TO DUTY! The Pittsburgh chapter of the For A Day Foundation received notice that one particular 10-year-old could use some superhero motivation before his next radiation treatment and Captain America and Wonder Woman leaped into action!
I'm raising $1500 to host our first hospital party in Denver before the end of the year! It's a big task, and you can play a generous part in getting us there. I'm about $400 into this goal already. A huge thank you to our first donors! Donate to our chapter using the green donate button on our webpage and we'll be that much closer to getting what we need to host an unforgettable experience for the kids!
Today we celebrated For a Day Foundation's 18th anniversary at Florida Hospital for Children! We turned girls into queens and boys into superheroes with the help of our special guest, Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004! Together, we went room to room, visiting a total of 7 children (4 girls and 3 boys.)
This party was made possible only with the huge support of FAD's Young Ambassador, Kirsten Zeleny. Thank you for raising the funds to make it possible and for being so available to the families. A special thanks to our volunteers, Mercedes, Carolina, Linda, and JR Nessary (Miss Anaheim!).
We're thrilled to have the support of Global Welding Service to make our hospital visits become a reality. With their generous sponsorship, we've started planning our first hospital visit for August 9th! Thank you Global!
Maddie was also interviewed by the Owatonna newspaper, and was incredible. “They all deserve a day like this,” she stated, referring to the other children with cancer she got to know while staying at the Ronald McDonald House during treatment phases. The story made the front page, appropriately titled “Queen Maddie.”
“Our Firefighters from Engine 16 were able to join us; just as they were settling in, they received a call and had to leave. But we also had 4 Green Beret from the Army join us. They were SFC Edward J. Prescott, SSG Tyler A. Irwin, SFC Horne A. Cory and SSG William R. Musil. They entertained the boys with party favors, and their gear. The boys and girls joined in that fun. “ [photos in post]
Today was a busy day for the Palm Beach chapter as we confirmed the support of CenterState Bank as a sponsor. We're very excited to host the employees as volunteers at our visits to Palm Beach Children's Hospital.
Speaking of, we also confirmed our first visit with the hospital: June 14th!
“As we were leaving, one parent spoke very earnestly on how grateful she was for our activities. She emphasized how much it meant that instead of just finding a good TV show to watch they were able to have a special treatment and activities for fun during their appointment. It was very touching to see the impact and the bright smiles.”
Winter Wonderland: The volunteers dress up as elves and eavesdrop on the kids telling Santa what they want, and then we do our best to find a gift that matches. Then we load the kids up with as many toys their little arms can handle!
"One little energetic boy couldn’t stop jumping, running, and even tackling things. The same little boy thought it was a better idea for him to paint the nails and face of parents and staff of the house.
"We walked around and offered toys, coloring books, masks and capes which one of the little boys immediately put it on. He beamed with happiness and portrayed a real superhero with his energy and personality. It was amazing making them smile..."
"One patient, 5 years old, was at the hospital all alone, as her family had to work and siblings go off to school....It felt nice that we were able to provide a little company and fun to what would have been an otherwise very lonely and scary day for a 5-year-old."