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Amelia’s Story

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Child Name: AmeliaAmelia
Age: 9
Diagnosis: ALL Leukemia
State: MA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: November 2014

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
Cancer entered our lives on May 9, 2014.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
In a positive way, cancer has brought us together more and we appreciate life even more now. We have learned so much about people with cancer and what we can do to help and participate more on activities.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
One of the biggest struggles is having to stay in the hospital for a long period of time and not being able to stay with my other kids.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We take it one day at a time.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?
Knowing that there are so many people that will help you go through this and that you are not alone.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs?
We were very grateful and fortunate to have a foundation this is willing to help us in our difficult time and need. Thank you!

7. How did you hear about Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation?
We heard about CCRF from our social worker.



3,747 Children Receive Gifts in Time for the Holidays

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HARRISBURG, PA — December 3, 2015 —The continued generosity of individuals and corporations across the United States has allowed the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) Bear-Able Gift Program, to put smiles on the faces of children living with cancer. Those smiles help to make the life of a child with cancer more bearable and hopeful, especially during the holiday season.

During the 4th quarter, the Bear-Able Gift Program delivered 11,241 toys and gifts to 38 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 3,747 children living with cancer. Volunteers from NEC SAAC, Metro Bank, and Pennsy Supply assisted the CCRF staff in packing and shipping each Bear-Able Gift!

The Bear-Able Gift Program distributes items such as games, toys, crayons, coloring books, video games, puzzles, books and teddy bears — all kinds of things that make children smile — 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.

“The continued generosity of individuals and corporations throughout the country is helping put smiles on the faces of boys and girls bravely battling cancer,” said Greg Anderson, founder of Harrisburg, PA-based CCRF. “That support has enabled us to continue to increase the number of children we touch through our Bear-Able gifts program, and for that, we are deeply appreciative.”

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 www.childrenscancerrecovery.org/programs/bearable-gifts/, or contact us at childrens@cancerrecovery.org

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CCRF to Host Holiday Toy Drives in Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, PA

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— CCRF to partner with NASH FM 106.7 and WINK 104 in PA for holiday toy drive —

PENNSYLVANIA – December 1, 2015 – Sadly, many children diagnosed with cancer will spend the holidays in the hospital.  In our continued efforts to bring hope and joy to the pediatric cancer patients, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) will host holiday toy drives with NASH FM 106.7 and WINK 104.  Both toy drives will be located at the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg locations of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.

“The holiday season is especially difficult for young cancer patients and their families,” explained Greg Anderson, founder of Harrisburg, PA-based CCRF. “A simple donation of a coloring book or stuffed animal can truly make a difference and put a smile on a child’s face.”

On Friday, December 4th NASH FM 106.7 will hold a holiday toy drive to benefit CCRF that delivers toys to more than 15,000 children diagnosed with cancer across the nation. The toy drive will take place at two locations: Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at 6295 Allentown Blvd., in Harrisburg and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet at 6040 Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg. Donations of new and unwrapped toys will be accepted at both locations from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. NASH FM 106.7’s on-air personality Chachi will broadcast live at the Mechanicsburg location from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by and show your support for children with cancer.

Participants donating to the toy drives on the 4th are also eligible to enter in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Luke Bryan concert on April 15th at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA!

WINK 104 will partner with CCRF on Friday, December 11th and host a holiday toy drive at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in  Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sue Campbell from the morning show will broadcast live from the Mechanicsburg Ollie’s from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Hollywood Heffelfinger will broadcast from the Harrisburg Ollie’s from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  When you stop by and donate a toy, you can enter to win FRONT ROW TICKETS to the TSO concert on December 18th!

We have two exceptional volunteers groups this year to assist us with the toy drives.   Pennsy Supply will provide volunteers at the Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg Ollie’s on December 4th .  Our very own Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Pennsy Supply Mixer will be “on-deck” at the Ollie’s in Mechanicsburg.  On December 11th Highmark staff will be lending a hand to the CCRF staff.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. has hosted toy drives for the past THREE years. Each year marking a record-breaking collection and we are looking forward to breaking last year’s total! Through Ollie’s continued generosity and support over the years, CCRF has been able to deliver more toys and smiles to children battling cancer.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of our toy drives by so many local businesses,” added Mr. Anderson. “With their help, we are able to spread holiday happiness and hope to children battling cancer.”

To learn more about the programs and services offered by CCRF, visit childrenscancerrecovery.org and check out our Central Pennsylvania map that shows area businesses that are also hosting toy drives where you can stop by and drop off a toy.  You can also email childrens@cancerrecovery.org for more information on how to get involved.

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.



Holiday Shopping? Think CCRF!

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Think CCRF on Black Friday

Buy a Toy, Give a Toy

This Black Friday take advantage of the deals and buy a toy to donate to CCRF. The toy you donate will be sent to a child battling cancer in the hospital to make them feel at home for the holidays.

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Too many children with cancer will spend the holidays in the hospital. Help CCRF make the hospital feel like home for the holidays.

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Your donations help CCRF kids like Arielle

CCRF Kid

In September of 2013, one week before her 3rd birthday, Arielle was diagnosed with ALL. Seeing their little girl suffer through the side effects of chemotherapy was difficult. However, the family has learned to cherish every moment they have together, no matter how small.

Arielle's family received help through CCRF's Helping Hands Fund in 2014.

Read her full story here.



Arielle’s Story

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Child Name: Arielle
Age: 3Arielle
Diagnosis: ALL
State: MA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: February 2014

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
Arielle was diagnosed in September 2013—one week before her 3rd birthday.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Having a child with cancer is a frightening experience. It makes you cherish every moment you have with the ones you love.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
It has been difficult to watch Arielle experience the side effects of chemotherapy. Our feisty, active, fun-loving little girl has, at times, been so tired and sick that she has spent the entire day laying listlessly on the couch.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Our faith in God and the support of friends, family, and even strangers has given us strength.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?
The days when Arielle is feeling better and can play, laugh, and be her silly self.

6. How was your family impacted when you were chosen to receive help from our programs?
You paid our electric bill one month. This was very helpful as Deb has been unable to work (previously part-time before Arielle’s diagnosis).

7. How did you hear about Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation?
We heard about CCRF through our social worker at Baystate.