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Mason’s Story

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Child Name: Mason
Age: 2
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia High Risk T Cell
State: IL
Program: Helping Hands Fund, Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation
Date Helped: August 2014

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?  Mason was diagnosed with ALL on January 9, 2014

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?  Mason’s diagnosis has affected us in several different ways. It has brought our family together and has made us stronger than ever. We prioritize things differently when it comes to money, making sure he can get to his treatments. It has caused us stress financially and has started to get us behind on bills. We have changed a lot of things we used to do to make sure Mason is healthy and strong. We have put Mason and his treatments before everything.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?  The biggest challenge is financially getting him to his appointments since we are 4 hours away from the hospital. Gas, food and lodging have taken a large hit on us financially. Mason also doesn't get to see his other brothers and sisters as often do to them being sick, his counts are low, or he just isn’t home because we are at the hospital.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?  The time of diagnoses was very difficult for us. Watching my son in the ICU for 10 days made me realize that this isn't going away anytime soon. He needs me and the rest of our family more now, than ever. The more I talked to friends and family about the situation, the more I was able to wrap my head around it. I gained composure and now take it day by day.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?  We haven't bonded this much since he was born. We make sure we do everything we can together. We have seen the zoo several times and I'm sure he wouldn't have gotten to see it that many times if we didn't have to travel to St Louis weekly.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs?  Yes we have just received your assistance couple weeks ago for utility bills we got behind on. Without the program we wouldn't have lights or gas. We appreciate everything you guys do for each and every family out there this program helped us in the time of need and allowed me to focus on my son.

Mason



Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Brings Smiles to Kids with Cancer

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Photo: Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation brings smiles to a young patient and his parents with a gift package.

HARRISBURG, PA — October 15, 2014 —The continual kindness of individuals and corporations across the United States has allowed the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) Bear-Able Gift Program to bring joy and smiles to thousands of children batting cancer. Those smiles help to make the life of a child with cancer more optimistic and cheerful. Recently, the Bear-Able Gift Program delivered 15,717 toys and gifts to 55 hospitals across the U.S.to help lighten the lives of children living with cancer. Year-to-date, CCRF has delivered 37,154 toys and gifts, touching the lives of 9,988 boys and girls across America.

The Bear-Able Gift Program distributes items such as games, toys, crayons, coloring books, video games, puzzles, books and teddy bears to hospitals and oncology centers across the country. The program makes CCRF the largest supplier of gifts to children in North America who have cancer. It relies solely on donations of new and unwrapped toys.

There are a number of ways in which individuals and businesses can help support CCRF’s Bear-Able Gift Program; they include sponsoring a toy drive, or raising or donating funds. For more information, please visit  Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) Bear-Able Gift Program  or contact childrens@cancerrecovery.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.); 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 Joined Dozens of Organizations at CureFest 2014 in Washington, DC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 7, 2014 – Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) attended the CureFest for Childhood Cancer in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 2014. The event, part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, included a festival and an organized walk of nearly three miles in which childhood cancer advocates and the general public united against pediatric cancer.

“The outpouring of support at CureFest was extremely uplifting and provided a glimpse into the world of what other not-for-profits are doing,” explained Suzanne Hollenbach, a Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation staff member. “Together, we can drive the initiative to find a less toxic treatment to save the children of today and prevent diseases for children in the future.”

CCRF was one of 75 not-for-profit organizations that attended and participated in the event and walk which took place on the National Mall, with views from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Compared to CureFest 2013, 55 more organizations participated this year and the coordinators hope to fill the national lawn even more next year.

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.); 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 Breaks Guinness World Record & Raises $48,255 at Charity Skydive Event

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CCRF Neha Abassi_Kieran Maguire Photo Caption: Neha Abassi skydives at Jump! Shout! fundraiser in tandem with instructor Kieran Maguire for an unforgettable plunge to benefit CCRF. (Photo Credit: Volkan Obuz)

Rosharon, TX – October 2, 2014 – It was the thrill of a lifetime in more ways than one, as 286 skydivers took to the skies and made a jump that was both exhilarating and meaningful to so many. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF), a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, hosted an adventure fundraiser called Jump! Shout! on September 27th at Skydive Spaceland-Houston in Rosharon, Texas to help provide financial assistance to children with cancer and their families.

As part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, participants raised a collective total of $48,255 for this important cause, and CCRF says it proudly broke the Guinness World Record for most tandem skydive jumps in one location in 24 hours at 286 jumps.

CCRF will submit documentation to Guinness World Records for official review and confirmation. The previous record was set at 281 in June 2014 and was organized by Skydive UK Ltd (UK) at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Devon, UK.

“Observing people from all walks of life, ages 18 to 81, take this extraordinary plunge from 14,000 feet was a sight to behold,” said CCRF Events Manager Holly Price. “This was a world-class event that is truly helping children with cancer. Everyone involved, from jumpers, staff from Skydive Spaceland, sponsors and volunteers all rallied together to crush the current world record. It was an honor to be a part of an extraordinary event. By helping others, it was a positive experience for everyone involved and we are grateful to all who contributed to this worthwhile cause.”

Chad Barrett, a Houston pastor at Kingwood Bible Church, honored his daughter’s memory during the fundraiser by making the daring jump at sunrise. The Barrett family’s eldest daughter, Kristina, was 12 years old when she died earlier this year as a result of a rare form of cancer.

Chad said, “To see hundreds of people come out to support this great foundation truly warmed my heart! And, it was an honor to participate knowing that I had a small part in ultimately helping other families who are going through the rough journey we are enduring. My wife, Melissa, and I share the same passion that CCRF has, and it was a real privilege to jump for this cause. Stephen Boyd and his staff at Skydive Spaceland are to be commended on their character and integrity in supporting this event.”

“It was great to be able to introduce so many people to skydiving while flying for this fantastic cause," said Skydive Spaceland Owner & Founder Steve Boyd. "We were thrilled to be able to help these children and their families who are going through such a difficult battle for life and health.”

All of the funds raised at Jump! Shout! will directly support children battling cancer and their families. Many families affected by this illness cannot afford monthly expenses such as electric and heating bills because their money goes towards the treatment of their child. 

While unable to attend, President George H.W. Bush served as Honorary Chairman of the event.

Donations to Jump! Shout! are still being accepted to assist children with cancer. Please visit childrenscancerrecovery.org/jump-shout/ to contribute or learn more.

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.); 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.



PA Children’s Festival Held at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse Oct. 4 to Benefit CCRF

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Families will enjoy games, pumpkin painting, pony rides and more

MECHANICSBURG, PA – September 26, 2014 – Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) will partner with Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouse to host a children’s festival for families and children of all ages. The event will coincide with Ashcombe Farm’s Fall Harvest Days, which runs several days in October.

Join a day full of fun fall activities on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouse located at 906 W. Grantham Road in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. Games, pumpkin painting, food, vendors and hayrides will be available for attendees. In addition, Home Depot will be at the event with kid builder kits and the Artistic Sports Academy Plus Show Team from Harrisburg plans to perform.

CCRF is partnering with Ashcombe’s Shop for a Cause program the day of the event. Print the coupon (see here) or present it on your smart phone when making a purchase on October 4, and 20 percent of the purchase will be donated to the foundation. This is valid on gift department items, plants, perennials, nursery products, and gourmet, deli and bakery foods.

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.); 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.