The school that two of my children attend is doing the St. Jude Math-A-Thon this month. Last year, my son raised the most funds in his entire school and was the only one in his class to sign up for the fundraising event. He raised over $700 on his own for St. Jude and this year he set a goal to beat that with $800. So far, only he and one other student are even on the board for donations with his school. They really need some help!
His sister has also joined in and I will link to her fundraising page below. We would greatly appreciate any help with this endeavor. One thing that I love about running a heart-centered business is that it gives me ooportunity to give back. This is the #1 value I try to raise my children on. Just this year, my Kindergartener raised the most funds in his school for Jump Rope for Heart (American Heart Association). My second oldest daughter raised funds on her 16th birthday to take care packages to the homeless in NYC. We went out to the city on foot and walked all day meeting people and giving them her care packages. As many of you will know, I donated my kidney two years ago, so I practice the importance of giving when you can to them every day.
It makes me very proud as a mother to see my children giving their time, energy, and efforts to important causes and organizations like this. Because it isn’t safe to go door-to-door, and we don’t live near any of our family, the internet has been a fabulous tool for helping us with causes such as this. If you’re reading this and you can help, it will be greatly appreciated. No amount is too small (we’ll post some info below about what your donation money goes toward) and if you can’t spare any cash right now, just sharing their fundraisers or this post will help.
St. Jude is very near and dear to our hearts and they do such fabulous work for families in some of the toughest times of their lives. The work they do saves lives, and it helps makes the lives of children suffering from cancer a little bit easier.
UPDATE: Just topped $200 and he is very grateful. 28% to goal. http://mathathon.stjude.org/olinbrand
He’s the middle child of 5. Finishing up 5th grade. Plays drums and loves computers and programming. He wants to be a NASA engineer. This Math-A-Thon is his favorite fundraiser, in part because it doesn’t require physical activities like other fundraisers, and also because it’s a subject that is close to us (who HASN’T been affected by cancer these days, though?).
Recent praise from his band teacher: “Olin is an awesome kid. Mature, reliable, and extremely caring and understanding with his classmates. I need more like him in my life!”
About the Math-a-Thon:
The St. Jude Math-A-Thon is a fundraiser that improves students’ math skills and teaches the importance of helping others.
About St. Jude:
St. Jude is a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
How your donation helps:
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90%, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
You can also support my daughter, Orchid. Same school – same fundraiser. She’s currently not on the board so it would be her FIRST donation. She’s trailing her brother, who is currently leading the school with $235. If you cannot donate with cash at this time, please consider sharing. Share this post, share their links, and spread the word. Someone else you know may be able to help. Their school is currently only 5% of the way to their goal.
Every Dollar Counts
Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.
Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50
These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.
Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.
Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75
St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.
Creative Toys: $100
Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.
Delicious Meals: $210
St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.
One Day of Oxygen: $447
Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.
Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700
These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.
Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average
For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.