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Fridays with Faith: Show you Care for Kids!

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photo 1Good morning Fridays with Faith readers!  I’m gonna put my paws to the pavement tomorrow and I want to tell you ALL about it!  Why am I hoofing it?  For the kids!  Kids of Childhood Cancer, that is.  Tomorrow they’re having their biggest fundraiser of the year – a 5k Walk 4 Our Kids!  It will take place at 8 am at 4th of July Park in Kernersville and registration is only $20.  The ma Cares team is 21 strong, well 22 if you count me!

Why are they raising money, you may ask?  The Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation was created to support the families of children battling cancer.  They work with the Oncology Ward at Brenner Children’s Hospital to identify families who could use a paw and provide help with household bills, encouragement through toys, Lego nights and other fun stuff for the kids, and trips to their Topsail Beach condo (which is available for general vacation rentals during summer months) for families to escape for a little while.

Created by Sarah and Charlie DiGerolamo, the foundation honors the memory of their son Vinny, who lost his battle with cancer at age 9.  Check out the video below to learn more about their journey.  It makes me whimper to hear of their loss, but I smile when I think of what they’re doing for other families.

5KFlier2014 blue web sizeWill you join us at the walk tomorrow or make a donation toward our team?  We’ve got some pawesome people signed up and here’s why they’re walking!

“I am walking for my good friend’s 2 1/2 year old daughter, Victoria, a Wilms Tumor Cancer Survivor!!” – Gina Hurt

“I am walking because every child deserves a chance.” – Kim Ashley

“I’m walking because each year, children from all over the state are affected with various forms of cancer. I feel incredibly blessed that I have never been through anything like that and can’t imagine the stress that families go through during the entire process. With my walk, I hope to show my support for the patients and families who have to live with the complications of the medical issue the patient is dealing with every day.” – Melissa Paniagua

“I am walking not only for personal philanthropic reasons, but to specifically support my friends, family and co-workers who are currently affected or have been affected by Childhood Cancer. I myself have not been affected personally by Childhood Cancer, but I truly believe in the organization and finding any way possible to help the families and children battling cancer!” – Kaitlyn Hodgins

“I am walking because walking demonstrates a movement – a group of people coming together for the same cause.  I believe in the cause that is being supported and I’m doing my part to show my love to those who feel that may be left out, not remembered. Don’t worry. We may not see you physically but we love you and care for you just the same and this walk proves the common cause we choose to represent together for them.” – Manny Perez

“I’m walking because my heart goes out to all of the families who are staying strong for their children through such a difficult time.  They need love and support too.” – Katie Taylor

“I am celebrating my 50th birthday this weekend!! Why not celebrate with a Walk for Kids with Childhood Cancer!!! I have been blessed with 50 years and what better way to spend the Saturday morning than by helping these families?” – Renee Stevens

“I’m walking to honor a friend’s little sister who lost her battle with Childhood Cancer in January last year. She was such an inspiration to everyone who met her.” – Lisa Tufts

To sign up for our team or make a donation, visit http://www.walk4ourkids.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1088782&lis=1&kntae1088782=1AD442950C174F068A499711E631ABCD&team=5819292.

FAITH

This article was written by FAITH

My name is FAITH, and I'm a service dog to Sgt Terry White, PH IOF. You've probably seen me around the Market America office or at one of their events. I'm the pretty blonde with the big smile The wonderful maCares team is pretty fond of me, and they've decided to devote each Friday's blog post to my stories, pearls of wisdom, and "tails" of others giving back to their communities. We'll call it "Fridays with Faith". What you may not know about me is that I'm named after someone special. The flag that represents this great country flies high on the flag pole for my namesake's sacrifice. I am named in memory of U.S. Army Sergeant Faith Hinkley, who died on August 7, 2010 in Iskandariya, Iraq. Faith was part of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Through me, Faith Hinkley's legacy lives on, helping and healing another wounded soldier. maCares loves making a difference in the lives of veterans and animals. Please consider donating or getting involved with maCares so they can continue supporting veterans and dogs like Terry and me, and honoring heroes like Faith Hinkley.

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