Today is officially #GivingTuesday and there are so countless and wonderful ways to give back during this holiday season. Most of us are so lucky to have a roof over our heads during the cold winter months and to know that our children are healthy and safe. But some families and children are not so fortunate. Families like Danny Hammond‘s family are not so fortunate this holiday season. After a 13 year battle with cancer, this will be the Hammond family’s first holiday without their funny, thoughtful, beautiful son Danny. Dan lost his long battle with cancer this past February 2014 after 13 years of treatments and fighting the fight through multiple rounds of surgery, full cranial and spinal radiation therapies, and the loss of his vision and balance. Despite all he had been through Dan never lost his sense of humor or his strength or his courage. Even after a grueling day in treatment he would look at his mom Jody and say “Today wasn’t so bad.”
Can you imagine celebrating the holiday without your child this year? I can’t… It is unthinkable.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a special meeting of local bloggers to meet with with Danny’s mom, Jody, and Liz Scott, Co-Founder of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and mother of Alex Scott who lost her own life to cancer at age 8.
We were invited to the new headquarters of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to learn more about their annual end of year campaign to raise $40,000 before Dec. 31, 2014 This year, they are devoting the end of year campaign to honor the life and legacy of Dan Hammond who loved Marvel comics and super heroes and dedicated the final years of his own young life to helping end childhood cancer by raising money to find a cure.
Donations to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation have helped fund 500 research projects that are saving real lives of real children. Children like Lily Adkins…
This is my friend Lily. She is amazing. Lily is a a childhood cancer hero who was diagnosed at just 14 months old and herself endured years of surgery, treatments and therapies and had to re-learn how to walk. Today is a thriving beautiful feisty funny little 8 year old girl full of life and hope and promise who dances, plays lacrosse, ran in a ColorRun and is the reason why every cup of lemonade sold, every donation counts.
Join me on the #LemonForce in this fight to end childhood cancer!!
Won’t you please consider a donation of any size to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation this season as part of their end of year campaign to avenge cancer? Your donation will help fund new research that might possibly save a child’s life by offering new life-saving treatments. Together with your generous support, we can honor the memory of Dan’s heroic fight, celebrate the promise of children like Lily who are living miracles thanks to cutting edge research and new treatments and avenge childhood cancer for all these superheroes and their families!!
If you donate $100 or more during the end of year campaign you will receive a complimentary 2014 keepsake Alex’s Lemonade Stand ornament too. So cute and perfect for gifting!
Please join us on the #LemonForce to support Dan’s campaign this season!! Donate today.