We Found a Mass… These four words will change your life forever.
Sarah and Charlie DiGerolamo, co-founders of the Kids of Childhood Cancer, faced a battle that could be considered every parent’s worst nightmare. Their son Vinny, who was born with a cleft lip, cleft palate, and Pulmonary Stenosis, was diagnosed with cancer at 4 years old. After 11 months of treatment, Vinny was cancer-free for 9 months, but when he was 6 years old, Vinny began to relapse and did so 4 times over 5 years. Vinny earned his wings on February 18, 2013. During his 5 year battle, Sarah’s dream came true: to help the other families on the Brenner’s Pediatric Oncology Ward battling right beside her. “Kids of Childhood Cancer” was formed in 2009 so no one would go through this alone.
The Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation provides financial support for families of children battling cancer – including household bills, medical bills, food, gas cards, clothes, and toys. They also hold events for the children, such as Ice Cream Parties, Polar Express parties, and LEGO Therapy Night. The foundation sends families in North Carolina on respite vacations to their Safe Haven Beach Condo on Topsail Island, to escape from their harsh reality and provides support for whatever is needed on an individual basis.
ma Cares will support Kids of Childhood Cancer this year so that they can help more families through this difficult time and the need couldn’t be greater – Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. That’s over 12,600 children diagnosed each year. Though the statistics are alarming and heart wrenching, the Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation is helping some of these families find solace, relief, and assistance to give them the strength and means to support their child through his or her battle with this disease.
YOU can help us to help KOCC reach out to families in need. Make a tax-deductible contribution to ma Cares via www.macares.org or mail a check made out to ma Cares to 1302 Pleasant Ridge Rd. Greensboro, NC 27409 Attn: Brandi Quinn and let us know your donation is to support the Kids of Childhood Cancer Foundation. OR support the ma Cares team at the May 10th Kids of Childhood Cancer 5k! Visit https://www.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1088782&lis=1&kntae1088782=7F1D612F8BAE4F8D91A95766D4FAB179&supId=399810292&team=5819292 and sign up to walk or with us or make a donation to support our team!
This article was written by Brandi Quinn
Brandi Quinn is the President of maCares. Her passion and compassion are contagious. For the past 15 years, Brandi has spearheaded the charitable giving division of Market America. She has encouraged and inspired the Market America employees to give back to the community in a variety of ways and can always be found at the center of it all, working tirelessly to support the various organizations that the company sponsors. Brandi and her husband Mike live in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina with their two beloved dogs, Scooter and Cooper. In addition to being the President of ma Cares she also serves as the Vice President of Operations for Market America.