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Top 5 of 2015

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It's been another excellent year here at Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation! Together, with the help of our amazing supporters, CCRF served 16,995 children during 2015! Below are our top 5 accomplishments of 2015:

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#5. New Leadership Joined Board of Directors!CCRF-Logo-(NEW)

In 2015, CCRF welcomed five new members to the Board of Directors to help guide the Foundation toward a bright future of serving children battling cancer across the country.

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#4. 122 Children Attended Camp! Camp Scholarship Program

Cancer often isolates children from their friends and the activities they love. The Camp Scholarship Program allows children in remission to reconnect with those friends and activities. The program provides funding for a camp of their choice; sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, skiing or whatever activities they missed most during treatment.

Learn more about our amazing campers below!

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#3. More than 500 Volunteers Supported Programs! NEC Volunteer Program

We were overwhelmed with support from volunteers, partners, and friends all throughout 2015 - for that we are forever grateful!

Learn more about our incredible volunteers below!

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#2. 499 Families Received Financial Assistance! Helping Hands Fund Program

Families of children with cancer often face financial difficulties. Suddenly, household bills become overwhelming; utilities are in jeopardy of being shut-off or an eviction notice is received. The Helping Hands Fund provides emergency bridge payments directly to utility companies and landlords, ensuring that each child has a warm, safe place to call home while recovering from cancer.

Read more about our CCRF kids and their incredible families below!

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#1. 16, 374 Children Received Bear-Able Gifts! Bear-Able Gift Program

The Foundation delivers gifts to thousands of children each year through the national Bear-Able Gifts Program. When the toys arrive at their destination, its then up to the social workers and child life specialists to see the toys are distributed.  Some hospitals give each child something when they come in for treatment.  Some children receive a special gift on their birthday.  Others will place toys in their play centers for all the children to enjoy.  The possibilities are endless and the smiles are contagious!

Read some Bear-Able Gift highlights below!

Wishing you a happy & healthy New Year!
Thank you for a wonderful 2015!



Northwest Consumer Discount Partners with CCRF

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Camp Hill, PA - In 2014, several Northwest Consumer Discount Eastern Region offices partnered with the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) to collect toys for children across the country who are battling cancer.  This year, a total of 15 Eastern and Central region offices collected new toys at their offices.

The Camp Hill CDC office was the hub for all the toys collected.  These pictures represent the efforts of the staffs at each one of the offices involved.  In addition to collecting toys at the offices, other venues were pursued, such as the Lewistown Ice Festival and a roller skating benefit.

Representatives from the CCRF were blown away by the number of toys collected – approximately 20 large leaf bags full.   In addition to the toys, the CCRF was presented with a check in the amount of $556.00, which was raised at the roller skating benefit.  These funds will be used for CCRF's Helping Hands Fund and Camp Scholarships program.

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.

About Northwest Consumer Discount Company
Northwest Consumer Discount Company engages in making loans to individuals and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northwest Savings Bank.  The Company can be described as a small loan or direct loan company that lends money to individuals under the small loan laws, acts and regulations of Pennsylvania, as well as any applicable Federal regulation. The Company is licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and through the National Mortgage Licensing Service (NMLS #142252). Northwest Consumer Discount Company, while making direct loans to individuals also offers Mortgages along with a variety of programs to purchase retail and wholesale paper from automobile and other consumer and capital goods dealers throughout Pennsylvania.

The Consumer Discount Company originated in 1982 and presently operates 51 offices throughout Pennsylvania. For more information, please visit www.northwestconsumer.com.

Northwest CCRFMarty Dumic, Camp Hill Office Manager, and Maureen Hench, Camp Hill CSR.

Northwest CCRFCamp Hill CDC Manager Marty Dumic (right) presented a check for $556. to Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation representatives Felicia Ellis, Graphic Designer (left) and Jocelyn Davis, Executive Director (center).



Speedway Children’s Charities Grant $3,000 to CCRF

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CCRF Champion Spotlight: Speedway Children’s Charities New England Speedway Children's Charities copy

For the second year consecutive year, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) has partnered with Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire (SCC) chapter to improve the lives of children in the New England area. SCC’s mission is “to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.” Speedway Children’s Charities goals dovetail with the purpose of CCRF, resulting in a harmonious and productive partnership.

Speedway Children’s Charities has presented CCRF’s Helping Hands Fund with a grant of $3,000 to help 10 New England area families of children with cancer. The grant will provide emergency financial assistance to these families while their children are in treatment. Instead of worrying about bills and missed work, parents can focus their energies on helping their children through their cancer diagnosis.

In 2015, Speedway’s grant to CCRF helped 12 families during one of the most difficult times in their lives. And with Speedway’s further support, the Helping Hands Fund will continue to come to the aid of children and their families in New England.

About Speedway Children's Charities

Speedway Children's Charities was founded by Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports and Sonic Automotive, as a memoriam and legacy to his son, Bruton Cameron Smith, who passed away at a very young age.

Given his experience, Smith became passionate about wanting to help children in need and Speedway Children's Charities was created focusing on communities surrounding SMI speedways.

"Our sole concern at SCC is to help a child in need," says Smith.

SCC went national in 1982, and throughout the years has grown to funding thousands of organizations nationwide that help children directly with everything from educational support to the basic need of a coat or a simple meal.

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation

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.



Jordan’s Story

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Child Name: JordanJordanBeuhlerPolaroid
Age: 14
Diagnosis: Ewing Sarcoma
State: LA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: March 2015

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
March 4, 2015

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Positively, it has brought our family closer. Before Jordan was diagnosed with cancer, our priorities were not focused on the right things. Work oftentimes came before family time, and now, time with each other is at the top of our agenda. Negatively, cancer has been a financial struggle. As Jordan's mom, I am unable to work as long as he is doing treatments. The travel to and from New Orleans is not only frequent, but very costly. The price of gas plus the wear and tear on my car have added to the strain. I have probably put over 10,000 miles on my car since March.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
In the beginning, the hardest part was watching Jordan in so much pain and there was little we could do to relieve his pain. He was so scared of everything... the I.V. in his hand really freaked him out, and the fear of the unknown was terrible. Not knowing if the treatments were working, if Jordan was going to have a future, and if so, what that future was going to be like, were hard for everyone. Summer was the worst because he didn't really have a summer. I hated seeing how upset he would get learning of a friend's awesome summer vacation.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We try as best as we can to stay positive, but sometimes remaining positive is really difficult. During trying times, we look for the good rather than focusing on the negative. We try not to look too far ahead; instead, we set smaller, more achievable goals, and try to get through one day at a time. We learned that looking at the whole treatment plan (how many treatments he has left) doesn't make us feel any better, so when we look at his road map, we only glance at it to see what is next.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?
We have found joy in meeting other patients and their families. Connecting with others at the hospital helps us to understand that we are not alone with our struggles. We have become friends with many of the nurses at Children's Hospital, and we use social media to keep in touch with people so that they can follow Jordan's journey and we can follow theirs. Jordan has also become an advocate for other patients. He regularly expresses his ideas and offers suggestions on ways for the hospital to improve for chemo patients. He has found a sense of purpose through all the turmoil.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs?
I haven't worked since February 2015, and because he works in the oilfield, my husband hasn't done so well financially with his job. Money has been really tight, and we struggle to pay bills. I have had to use my credit card to afford gas and groceries. The assistance we have received has helped us with paying bills and putting food on the table without having to max out my credit card and pay high interest rates.

7. How did you hear about Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation?
I was given information about the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation from a services coordinator at Miles Perret Cancer Services in Lafayette, Louisiana.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
Jordan is 14 years old, and there aren't many teenagers with cancer at Children's Hospital in New Orleans that he can socialize with. He wishes that there were more programs and services that were tailored to teenagers. Most of the events and opportunities at Children's are for smaller children to enjoy. Also, a support group for teenagers living with Cancer or have survived cancer would be an excellent way for teens to understand, relate, and cope with the disease.



NEC SAAC Raises Money to Benefit Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

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Somerset, NJ -- It was a weekend full of service, discussion and learning for the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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The annual league-wide NEC SAAC meeting returned to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and it included a trip to the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) in nearby Harrisburg for service work.

With the "Sweetest Place on Earth" providing the backdrop, a group of 18 student-athletes and six administrators spent time discussing proposed NCAA legislation and national SAAC issues and initiatives.

Amidst the sharing of best practices and detailed discussions, the group of student-athletes participated in an interactive presentation from Dr. Derek Greenfield. The renowned "visionary" speaker structured the session around the concept of leadership and heavily engaged the 18 student-athlete leaders in attendance.

The NEC SAAC group also enjoyed some milk chocolate treats and a Hershey Bears' hockey game during the weekend, but the two-day summit's cornerstone activity was the visit to CCRF.

During their visit, NEC SAAC leaders hand-delivered, in the form of an $11,587.17 check, the funds raised from the group's annual "Money Wars" Fundraiser. In addition to the monetary donation, the student-athletes turned in a day's worth of volunteer activity at CCRF headquarters.

While volunteering for the Foundation, which assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis, the NEC SAAC prepared gift packages that will reach more than 1,000 children.

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Here are highlights of what the group accomplished:
- Counted and sorted through nearly 2,000 wooden toys, which are sent in every Bear-Able Gift shipment and used for art therapy in the hospitals.

- Checked-in and boxed 256 large toy donations!

- Built and decorated more than 20 Toy Drive donation bins.

- Prepared hand-written notes of encouragement. The notes will be sent in each Bear-Able Gift shipment during the fourth quarter of the 2015 calendar.
"Community engagement is one of the primary goals of the NEC and is at the forefront of our recently launched #conNECt campaign," commented Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris.

"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."

Since 2010, the Northeast Conference, through the leadership of its SAAC, has sponsored a league-wide fundraiser to benefit Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. To date, the NEC SAAC has delivered more than $40,000 to CCRF.
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.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 35th 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 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 (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.