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Mix 96.5 Teams Up with CCRF to Brighten the Season for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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Mix 96.5 Claus for a Cause and “Twas the Week Before Xmas” Concert Raise Over $10,000 for CCRF

Childrens Cancer Recovery Foundation's Greg Anderson and Howie Huffman - Mix 96.5 Check
6-year old Howie Huffman, son of Atom Smasher Show Co-Host Shwanda McNeal, presents $10K+ check to CCRF’s Greg Anderson as part of Mix 96.5’s holiday fundraiser. “Howie’s SuperHero Power Mix” raised $200 for the organization.

Houston, TX - December 24, 2014 – In the spirit of holiday giving, Mix 96.5 partnered with Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) to bring joy and hope to children and families battling cancer during the holiday season. Mix 96.5 held two events to collect toys and raise funds in support of CCRF.  Claus for a Cause had Mix 96.5’s  Atom Smasher Morning Show broadcasting live from a store rooftop for an entire week, and the “Twas the Week Before Christmas Concert” brought Train, American Authors and Daughtry to the Houston area. Collectively, Mix 96.5’s efforts helped raise more than $10,000 and bring in approximately 2,000 toys to help pediatric cancer patients.

“We are truly grateful for this amazing collection effort spearheaded by Mix 96.5 and the Atom Smasher Morning Show and the overwhelming participation from residents in Houston and the surrounding areas,” said Greg Anderson, founder of Harrisburg, PA-based CCRF. “As a result of several auctions, generous donations and ticket sales from the “Twas the Week before Christmas” concert, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation will be able to brighten the holidays for so many young cancer patients.”

For an entire week co-hosts Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal braved the outdoor elements, living atop the Gallery Furniture store, all to raise money and toys for the CCRF Helping Hands Fund. During this time, Smasher and McNeal auctioned off a number of high-priced items, including a guitar autographed by Taylor Swift, a pair of tickets to one of her Houston concerts in 2015 and a “1989" merchandise package, featuring items from Ms. Swift’s tour which included an autographed photo.  The morning show fundraising efforts raised more than $8,000.

When asked about his rooftop experience, Smasher stated, “Living and broadcasting from a furniture store with no shower for a week was an interesting experience. However, knowing all the wonderful things CCRF does for families battling cancer made it all worth it. We are more than happy to be involved raising money and awareness for such a wonderful organization.”

Smasher’s co-host McNeal added, “We’re so fortunate to be in a position that gives us a platform to bring awareness and raise funds for such an incredible foundation. What the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation gives these children and their families is nothing short of amazing.”

“Being part of a concert of this magnitude was an uplifting experience and Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal’s week-long rooftop residence was simply incredible,” added Anderson. “We cannot thank Mix 96.5 enough for their outstanding work on behalf of CCRF and the children and families we serve.”

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Ashley’s Story

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Child Name: Ashley
Age: 17
Diagnosis: Ewing’s Sarcoma
State: FL
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: September 2014

Ashley1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
It started with my husband first being diagnosed in December 2013 with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). Our world turned upside down, my children and I were devastated, needless to say. He finished treatment in May. One month later, my daughter was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma; my world nearly came to an end on June 4, 2014.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
It has made our family much closer, re-arranging the true priorities in life, realizing our goals in life were so much more on the material end, now we live each day differently, each day has its own challenges, but you can always find something beautiful about that day and treasure it in your heart because life is precious. It's truly a gift from God. Cancer has made our family stronger. We have met amazing people at the hospital, through foundations, our church family has come together to help us get through this and we know that we are not alone.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
Our biggest challenge during my child's treatment, as a parent, is watching her go through the side effects and knowing I can't do anything to change that. It is difficult to see your child cry and hold back tears because you need to remain strong for them. To then find time later while they sleep, to have your own private breakdown. Another challenge is to see my other child, her brother(he's 13) deal with this on his own terms since I've had to spend so much time out of the house because of my husband's treatment and now Ashley's. He's been neglected for almost a year now and we try so hard to do family things together as much as possible when Ashley feels up to it.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
By developing a very close relationship with God. We are Christians and our church family has helped us by being there for us in many ways. They show us so much love by helping with errands, bringing food to Ashley at the hospital and doing special photo shoots for her. We believe that our Lord is in control of everything and He holds our future especially that of my husband and Ashley.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's cancer treatment?
The love we get from everyone at the hospital and everyone that comes to visit Ashley. Doctors, nurses, the social workers… everyone goes the extra mile to do something special for Ashley. A friend of our child life specialist did a special photo shoot for Ashley. It was an unbelievable experience, with a stylist and make-up artist. She felt like such a model. I truly have no words to say how grateful I am for all the love and the time these special people give us.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs?
Yes, yes, yes. Thank you for helping me pay one month worth of utility bill, this goes a long way. With my husband not back to work just yet, this means one less bill, one less thing to stress about. Thank you from myself and my family. I thank all those angels that made it possible for families like ours to make this difficult process a little easier, every little bit helps, it really does.



Northeast Conference Raises Money to Benefit CCRF

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Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Donates over $7,000to Help Bring Smiles to Children with Cancer

Harrisburg, PA- December 11, 2014 – Representatives from the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (NEC SAAC) recently joined forces in Hershey, PA to volunteer with the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF). These outstanding student-athletes packed 103 boxes of toys, which will be delivered to 3,200 children at 45 different hospitals, and presented a $7,532.54 donation. The money was raised as a result of the NEC SAAC’s annual Penny Wars competition.

“The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is extremely appreciative of its partnership with the NEC SAAC,” said Greg Anderson, founder of Harrisburg, PA-based CCRF. “While they are competitors on the field, 20 representatives from each of the 10 of the colleges and universities in the NEC banded together to help put smiles on the faces of children battling cancer. In addition to packing toys, they were able to raise much-needed funds that will greatly help families in need.”

Since 2010, the NEC has held its annual Penny Wars competition; in which each institution encourages its students to donate their loose change. The schools compete to see which campus can collect the highest number of donations. The donations are then collected, combined and delivered to CCRF in support of its various programs. To date, the NEC SAAC has delivered nearly $30,000 to CCRF.

Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris said, "Community engagement is one of the primary goals of the NEC and we deeply value the relationship that continues to grow between the NEC SAAC and the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Not only do our student-athletes come together annually to raise funds to support the work of the foundation, but every other year they have the opportunity to take part in projects that directly impact the children and families that benefit from the efforts of CCRF.”

For the 2014-15 Academic year, the NEC plans to replace its traditional Penny Wars competition with what will be known as the Money Wars competition, in the hopes of allowing additional creative freedom for student-athletes to raise even more money for CCRF. For more information about the NEC, participating institutions and its volunteer efforts, please visit northeastconference.org.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



CCRF Urges Parents to Shop with Safety in Mind this Holiday Season

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CCRF offers toxic free shopping tips to avoid purchasing unsafe gifts

With the holiday shopping season in full-swing, parents will be scurrying from store to store in search of the perfect toys and gifts for their children. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the potentially carcinogenic materials that could be lurking among Santa’s wish-list. As part of its Toxic Free Kids initiative, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) reminds parents to become familiar with certain toxins, such as lead-based paints and vinyl materials, which have been linked to pediatric cancer.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), any toys made in – or imported into – the United States after 1995 must comply with its standards. It also warns parents to steer clear of older toys, even hand-me-downs, as they may not meet current safety standards. Parents must take the appropriate precautions to ensure toys are safe for their children.

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation offers the following tips to help parents avoid toxic toys this holiday season:

  • Avoid toys with lead-based paint: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. It is critical to avoid toys containing lead. Read labels and do your research to ensure the toys you purchase are safe.
  • Read the labels on art materials: The standards set forth by the CPSC require all art materials to be labeled “non-toxic.” If a company fails to label its product as toxic free, it is in your best interest to avoid that crayon or marker. Additionally, crayons and paints should have ASTM D-4236 listed on the package, which means that they’ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
  • Be sure toys are flame retardant/resistant: According to the standards established by the CPSC, all plush and fabric toys must be labeled flame retardant or resistant. Be on the lookout for this when shopping for stuffed animals, dolls, etc.
  • Choose natural materials: When possible, select plastic-free toys made from natural materials. This can include unpainted wood or fabric rather than products containing vinyl.

Remember to read the label and/or box on any toy prior to purchase. If a manufacturer fails to identify certain information, such as lead-free or non-toxic, be sure to place it back on the retailer’s shelf.

From all of us at CCRF, we wish you a toxic free holiday season and a new year filled with joy and good health.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Train, American Authors & Daughtry Headline to Benefit CCRF

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Train Daughtry December 18 Bayou Music Center
 A portion of concert ticket sales at Bayou Music Center will help provide toys for hospitalized children battling cancer.

Donate new, unwrapped toys to CCRF for the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

THE WOODLANDS, TX — December 2, 2014 — To help bring joy to children with cancer who sadly will be spending the holidays in the hospital, Mix 96.5 will be donating a portion of ticket sales to its “Twas the Week Before Xmas” concert to the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF). For each ticket sold, Mix 96.5 will donate one-dollar to help CCRF deliver toys, smiles and hope to pediatric cancer patients across the country.

“Twas the Week Before Xmas” will be held at the Bayou Music Center in Houston on Thursday, December 18th at 7:30 p.m. and feature top rock bands Train, American Authors and Daughtry, who will perform many of their chart-topping hits.

Those donating toys or funds to CCRF at any one of the areas toy drives, will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the “Twas the Week Before Xmas” concert. For specific toy drive locations visit http://childrenscancerrecovery.org/mix-96-5-toy-drive-houston/.

“We are so thrilled to have partnered with Mix 96.5 and the ‘Twas The Week Before Xmas’ concert.  The entire Mix crew is truly amazing!,” said Holly Price, CCRF Events Manager. “The toy donations are essential to our mission and we love to see all the smiling faces when the children receive the gifts.”

“It has been such a rewarding experience working with the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Every person at the foundation is so genuine and kind. The work they do is truly life-changing and so beneficial to the families and children affected by cancer,” said Brooke Story, Brand Advocate, CBS Radio, Mix 96.5. “We are so glad to be a part of this cause and look forward to a long-term partnership with them in continuance to support the community!”

For more information on the ‘Twas The Week Before Xmas’ concert visit www.mix965houston.cbslocal.com.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.