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Madelyn’s Story

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MadelynChild Name: Madelyn
Age: 6
Diagnosis: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: December 2013

1.Cancer.  When did this word enter your life? October 20, 2013

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way? It has turned our way of living upside down.  Right now I believe it only has a negative effect.  Hopefully one day we will be able to be positive.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment? Seeing her in such pain!  As a mother I hate being so helpless!

4.How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy? We are still struggling with that!

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment? Christmas was very good!  She was at home and got to enjoy the day with her family.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs? I was afraid that we wouldn’t have enough heat in the house until we got the money together.  With this help I can make sure she is nice and warm!  Thank you

NEC SAAC’s Sweet Weekend of Service

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December 20, 2013

The annual Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting returned to Hershey Park, PA, but the two-day event was more about service than sweets.

When not discussing proposed NCAA legislation or sharing best practices, the group of 20 student-athletes and five administrators spent time at the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, which is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.

During their visit, NEC SAAC leaders hand-delivered a $7,528.35 check to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation and also volunteered time to preparing care packages that will go to children around the nation.

“We had a great time gathering supplies and stuffing boxes with items that will be able to raise the spirits of so many children,” said NEC SAAC President Logan Meinert, who is a senior setter for Saint Francis University women’s volleyball.

NEC 11.23.13The monetary donation to the Foundation, which assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis, was comprised of funds raised from the NEC SAAC’s annual Penny Wars.

“It was incredible to see how our NEC Penny War fundraiser directly benefits the children's cancer recovery foundation,” added Meinert.

The NEC SAAC has already laid the groundwork for this winter’s edition of Penny Wars and will look to top the record amount it raised last year.

A portion of the weekend was designated for group discussion amongst the student-athlete leaders. Ideas for improving on-campus operations made their way around the room and concepts for new fundraisers were also discussed.

After explaining a number of proposed NCAA legislative items and the potential impact they could have on NEC student-athletes, NEC staffers Lisa Archbald and Teneshia Ruff provided the group with an opportunity to comment.

SAAC members eventually had the opportunity to enjoy some milk chocolate while staying in the Hershey Lodge. They also took a trip to see a performance of the Blue Man Group.

It was weekend of service, sweets and discussion, and according to Meinert, it was a great success.

About the Northeast Conference
Now in its 33rd year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30).  Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic or play-in access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league’s official website ( and digital network (, or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @NECsports.

About the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.  The Foundation focuses on improving the mental, social and emotional well-being of these families while helping to minimize the devastation that cancer can cause.  We measure the true impact of our organization in smiles.  A national footprint allows the Foundation to make a difference in communities, large and small, providing a helping hand wherever needed. The Foundation delivers gifts to thousands of children each year through the national Bear-Able Gift Program.  Items such as board games, toys, crayons, coloring books, markers, video games, puzzles, teddy bears, craft kits… all sorts of things that make children smile and laugh… are distributed to hospitals across the country.  The Bear-Able Gift Program is the largest supplier of gifts to children with cancer in North America.

Volunteer Spotlight

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Some of our volunteers sat down and told us exactly why they give up their time for Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation!

Not in a position to volunteer?  No worries! You can start a Virtual Toy Drive to raise funds for CCRF this holiday season.
It's easy and all online!

Handcrafted Toys Donated To Children Battling Cancer

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Dale WhislerSTEVENS, Penn. —Dale Whisler, a local Stevens man who enjoys passing time making handcrafted wooden toys, last summer donated 823 of those toys to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, a national organization that helps parents and their children facing the hardships brought on by a cancer diagnosis. This summer, he’s back with another significant donation.

Having first heard about the organization while watching local news show, Whisler felt compelled to help the Harrisburg-based organization, which, through one of it programs, gives toys and other gifts to child cancer patients. Having donated 823 toys initially in August 2012, he recently gave 33 boxes of his handmade toys to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.

"It is so heart warming to know that these hand made toys can bring a smile to children that need it the most,” Whisler said. “I have a great group of young volunteers that assist me in assembling these toys.  They are great workers and we are able to assemble 300 toys a month."

Pictured above: Garret Piper (left) and Kelly Myers (right) pick up donation of over 300 handcrafted wooden toys from Dale Whisler (middle).

Pictured below: Over 300 handcrafted wooden toys donated by Dale Whisler.

Wooden Toy Donation 6.25.13Since the first donation, representatives of the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation have returned twice to accept further toy donations, which will be sent to child patients across the country.

As we approach our busiest time of the year, donations such as these are crucial in keeping our shelves filled.  The 2013 goal is to deliver toys to over 14,000 children through our “Bear-Able Gifts” Program.  Every donation of new toys, big or small, will assist in bringing a smile to a child with cancer.

Board of Directors Approves Expansion – Texas Division

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Texas Division to locate in The Woodlands, TX

The Board of Directors of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) has approved the opening of a Texas Division.  Headquarters will be located in The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston.

CCRF’s Texas Division is statewide initiative providing a spectrum of health and human welfare services to families with a child who has been diagnosed and is being treated for cancer.

Approval of a Texas Division of the Foundation and locating the offices in The Woodlands was based on two premises:

The Greater Houston area has a vibrant economy with record employment rates and new job creation.  According to an article in The Atlantic by Derek Thompson, “Houston stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country -- by far.”

The Greater Houston area also hosts a vibrant philanthropic community.  However, there are relatively few children’s cancer charities located in southeast Texas.

The Foundation’s market analysis concluded that success in the Greater Houston area is both possible and probable.

The Foundation will partner with local non-profits, individuals and corporate sponsors to deliver its entire group of core programs to Texas families battling pediatric cancer.  The grand opening of the Texas Division will be announced at a later date.