Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Children's Cancer Connection Charity Golf Tourney

The Children's Cancer Connection is a charity here in Iowa that is very near and dear to me and Tony. We were first introduced to it through his office. Each year around the holidays, his office "adopts" a family with a child fighting cancer. A wish list is made by each member of the family and the office goes shopping. For the past 6 years we have been involved with this organization. At first I thought, why are other members of the family making wish lists? Let's focus on the child with cancer. After thinking it through a little more, and becoming more familiar with the organization, I realized that the cancer does not affect just the child, it affects the whole family. The wish lists would include gas cards, gift card requests for groceries, items of clothing for all the children, winter coats, boots, and hats. Toys and games for the children.

 In many cases, the parents take an incredible amount of time off of work, or even lose their jobs, benefits and insurance may be lost with the job. The siblings get lost in the shuffle, and all the focus is on the child with cancer. I am not saying that it should be any other way, but the great thing about Children's Cancer Connection is that it also offers programs and support to the whole family. Their mission statement sums it up: to enhance the quality of life for children and families affected by childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support.

3 years ago, Tony's office started a charity golf tournament to benefit Children's Cancer Connection. The first year raised about $4500. Last year they raised over $7000. (I am going off of memory here). If anyone would like to help out a great charity, they are looking for sponsors of all levels, golfers, and donations. Go HERE to sign up. 

While I have been a big fan of this charity, it really hits home since becoming a mom. I can't even fathom what it would be like to go through this with Avery. I love that little girl beyond words, and to have her fight for her life would be heartwrenching. I have a hard enough time seeing her cry when she gets her immunization shots.

Cancer is just yucky (excuse the lack of a better word) anyways, but to have a child get it? After my dad won his battle with thyroid cancer in 2000, I was so happy/relieved/grateful. He is a grown man, my daddy, a husband, a brother, a son. He had a great support network, and we as a family came out if it stronger and closer. Any organization that helps families deal with this is a-ok in my book.

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