Three seniors from Lebanon High School in Lebanon (Elijah Brown, Robyn Meashey and Ben Boyer) dedication a large portion of their valuable summer vacation to the Harrisburg-based Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, and through their combined efforts, helped the organization collect over $2,000 worth of items, among other valuable services.
It was originally part of a high school graduation requirement — to fulfill 30 hours of community services each. However, they ended up providing well beyond that.
Over the course of the summer, the trio undertook letter writing and bulletin announcement campaigns, made phone calls to local businesses and churches to try and interest them in hosting a toy drive, inventorying current toys and logging in the newly collected donations, along with spending several hours at the office performing various other tasks.
However, their major initiative of the summer consisted of strategically placing toy donation boxes around town and eventually collecting donated items. Having picked the locations and designed the boxes, the group collected a total of 511 items, which equated to $2,037.
Located in Harrisburg, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the largest giver of toys to children stricken with cancer. Through additional programs, the CCRF’s mission is to support children who have had their childhood taken away due to cancer and associated treatments.
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Child Name: Jacob Harder
Diagnosis: Brain Tumor
Program: Camp Scholarships
Dear friends of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation,
At the guitar camp for which you gave me the scholarship, I had so much fun. I learned how to compose/write music, create my own style or articulation, sight read of composed songs on the spot and add dynamics to them.
Thank you so much for the wonderful scholarship. Now I’m a much better guitar player! I learned guitar techniques that cover every aspect of classical music.
1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
Fall of 2007
2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
We have met many loving, caring people. During the surgeries and treatments everyone has been so kind and cheerful to Jacob.
3. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Our faith in God has helped us through the surgeries, chemo and radiation. He will continue to be on thyroid medication and was recently diagnosed with subtle seizures. Due to surgery and trements, school has been a struggle as predicted.
4. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
I started Jacob in “Childbloom” guitar lessons because I believed the training would be good for his brain. It has proved to be invaluable to him. The camp you supported has been the joy to his summer and a wonderful motivational and educational experience. Several local organization have given our family tickets to events like Camp Rainbow as well as given us positive friendships.
5. What was your first reaction when you heard your family was chosen to receive help?
Overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. Without the encouragement and gifts Jacob received from organizations like yourself, our family’s experience would have been much more difficult.
6. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
From Cardinal Glennon Hospital’s social director.
Cancer does not discriminate but when the deadly disease takes hold of our little ones, the fight is even a bigger battle for a child and their families. We are talking about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Kelly Jackson and Austin Kulp, both with the Childrens Cancer Recovery Foundation.
We hosted the first annual Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Golf for Hope four person scramble on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Felicita Golf Club. The weather was perfect, and we received numerous compliments from the golfers who enjoyed the day on the course. 100% of the proceeds supported our programs. There were hole prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive. A silent auction, raffle drawing, 50/50 and lunch also followed the scramble. All players received a coupon for a free round of golf for 4 at Felicita Golf Club.
We raised over $10,000. For our first year, that’s a fantastic total!
This charitable event was made possible with the generous support from local businesses and committee of volunteers. We would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work.
View all the photos from the event on our Facebook Page
Culligan Water Conditioning
Breakfast, Lunch and Beverage Sponsors
Hoffman Ford Sales Inc.
McKonly & Asbury
Theodore & Jane Janeczek
Family Hole Sponsors
C.H. Robinson, Theodore & Jane Janeczek
Penn National Insurance Employees' Association
The Rockville Bridge Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Strickler Agency, Inc.
Home to Stay, Inc.
Landmark Commercial Realty
Granito Tax Service
McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC
Philips Office Group
Graham Motor Company, Inc.
Ciocca Benton & Okonak, P.C.
Click on the image below to view footage from our July Toy Drive! Together with Z Country 106.7 we collected 2,899 gifts for children battling cancer at the Silver Creek Plaza on the Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA.