A Night of Black and Gold was held on the anniversary of Nick's death and entrance into Heaven. Black is ugly, so is cancer. Gold is beautiful and priceless. Our children are more precious than GOLD and Nick had a heart of GOLD. In his honor, we held this event to raise awareness for childhood cancer as well as to raise funds for pediatric cancer research which is grossly underfunded. The event included dinner, music, speeches and a silent auction. We were able to raises several thousand dollars which was donated to Vannie Cook Children's Cancer Clinic in McAllen, Nick's clinic for 7 years. The money will be used to continue research for childhood cancer in hopes that fewer children receive a cancer diagnosis and treatment for those who do improves.
Nick's Golden ticket was created to provide patients facing a terminal diagnosis with a few days of fun. We start off with a family photoshoot at Wild August Nursery in Harlingen, TX. These pictures provide a lifetime of memories to the families. We then take the children to Build a Bear and have them create a bear of their choosing complete with a recorded voice message and outfit. We also provide the family with "fun money" for any activity of their choosing. They can use this for many different activities around the RGV, and provides them with a fun filled day of bonding.
HOSPITAL GO BAGS
Our Hospital Go Bags are given to new cancer patients. These bags are filled with hospital essentials, such as travel sized shampoo, conditioner, and a travel tooth brush kit. They also include food and snacks, a blanket from our Covered in Love project, a stuffed frog to remind patients to Fully Rely On God, coloring books, and other items to pass the time. These bags make an easy grab if patients are on their way to an appointment for treatment, or if they are rushing to the hospital in the middle of the night.
COVERED IN LOVED
Hospitals get cold and hospital blankets are just that...hospital blankets. We wanted to provide something more personal, softer and snuggly for pediatric patients. That is why we started our covered in Love campaign. The first was held from Thanksgiving - January 12, Nick's birthday. We partnered with PTAs, Student organizations, the RGV Vipers, and several local businesses to collect almost 300 blankets in 2016. We expanded to other hospitals in 2017, and our 2018 campaign brought in over 400 blankets. Blankets are distributed to hospitals in the local RGV, Houston, and we place one inside every Hospital Go Bag we provide to new cancer patients.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Our children are more precious than gold which is why that is the color chosen to represent childhood cancer awareness. We encourage you to wear Gold during the month of September and tell others why you are supporting the cause.
Childhood cancer is the NUMBER ONE cause of death by disease in children. It is second only to accidents in the cause of death of children and yet, childhood cancer research receives less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget. That's 4% for ALL forms of childhood cancer combined. We must do something to change that. Our children are definitely worth #morethan4.
If you agree, we invite you to make a donation to Teamwalkerpete Foundation today and spread the word. Use the hashtag #morethan4. Wear GOLD, Tell others about it. Together we CAN make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.
Our first annual Cartwheel 4 the Cure Partnering with Palm Valley Gymnastics and Dance and Safelite Autoglass, we were able to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and make a donation to Vannie Cook Children's Cancer Clinic in McAllen. Gymnasts collected pledges and then spent the afternoon cartwheeling to raise monies. Students who raised $50 or more received a free Tshirt promoting childhood cancer awareness and all participants received swag bags. One student did over 900 cartwheels during the event. Gianna G, a cancer survivor and PVG&D gymnast, did over 400 cartwheels to benefit the event.
While they tumbled away, their parents were able to get windshield chips repaired by Safelite Autoglass and we took in over $700 in donations for repairs alone.
It was a FANTASTIC day with kids helping kids in their fight against cancer.