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Today I’m side-stepping from my traditional “Get Organized for the Holidays” post to talk about something near and dear to my heart: Giving Back.
We all have a cause (or maybe two) that we are passionate about. For some it may be Juvenile Diabetes, for others it’s the American Heart Association, or maybe it’s providing clean drinking water throughout the world. For me, it’s finding a cure for Pediatric Cancer.
Three years ago, I became involved with The St. Baldrick’s Foundation after 2 friends of mine both lost their sons to different types of Pediatric Cancer.
I knew I wanted to help make a difference; Each year our community hosts a large fundraising event in March (you can read about it here), however I wanted to do something with the theme of giving around the holidays.
So I started asking some kids in our community if they would be willing to give up one of their holiday gifts and instead donate to St. Baldrick’s? Unanimously the answer was YES. So the “Give For A Cure Challenge” was born because we believe that every child deserves to grow up happy and healthy.
In the spirit of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, kids can video themselves challenging 2 friends to “give for a cure” and post it to social media. All donations can be made online and go directly to The St. Baldrick’s Foundation via a link to our event. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for pediatric cancer through this movement.
Hopefully you will feel inspired to share this with your network and participate in the “Give For A Cure Challenge.“
About The St. Baldrick’s Foundation: I like to refer to them as the “under the radar” foundation. What started 16 years ago, as a challenge from three guys in a NYC bar to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer, has evolved into the largest non-profit organization (next to the federal government) that raises money specifically for Pediatric Cancer Research.
How amazing is that?!?