2-year-old Kinleigh, a Kids Cancer Foundation patient.
Imagine a day filled with hospitals instead of horses, fear instead of frolicking, and exhaustion instead of exhilaration. For children battling cancer and their families, those images are reality. The Kids Cancer Foundation is the charity of the Southeast Medal Finals, and several special events will be held for the charity that helps children battling cancer and their families.
“My goal is to create awareness of this great organization while raising funds so they can continue to do what they do,” said Southeast Medal Finals founder James Lala. “What I find amazing is how Kids Cancer Foundation supports these families in so many ways from emotional support to tutoring and medical help. The most impressive thing to me is how they help families navigate through the medical care industry that the children need.”
Kids Cancer Foundation provides numerous programs, including a pediatric oncology patient care navigator, arts and health programs, tutoring and homework club for patients and siblings, family socials, and more. Created in 2001 by a group of doctors, nurses, parents and community leaders, its mission is to provide hope and support to children and families battling cancer.
Under the leadership of founder and Executive Director Michelle O’Boyle, Kids Cancer Foundation has provided more than $400,000 in financial assistance to families, given away more than $200,000 worth of gifts and toys, and most importantly, celebrated more than 50 “end of treatment” parties. Learn more about KCF at www.kidscancersf.org.
“We’re very excited about the event, and many of us are planning to attend,” O’Boyle said. “We look forward to meeting everyone involved.”
At the 2016 Southeast Medal Finals, proceeds from a silent auction will benefit KCF. Generous supporters already have donated equestrian boots and clothing, accessories, fine art, and jewelry. Auction items are still being accepted. If you have something to donate, please call 561-906-6668.
In addition to the silent auction, competitors and their families won’t want to miss out on the fun classes, including a dog costume contest, parent lead-line, horseless puissance and others. Entry fees from all the fun classes benefit Kids Cancer Foundation.
During the 2016 SEMF, one lucky ticketholder will win a custom jump created by Frankie and Alex Alameda of Wood Craft Solutions. The jump features the Kids Cancer Foundation heart logo, and the word “love” in purple stylized letters. For a suggested donation of $25 to Kids Cancer Foundation, you can earn a chance to win the jump, or 5 chances for $100. Tickets will be available online soon. Meantime, call James Lala at 561-906-6668 to get one today.
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