Blanton Elementary Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer
by Susan Neuhalfen
In February the students of Blanton Elementary broke into their piggy banks and asked their family and friends for spare change in order to raise money for Coins for Kids with Cancer.
The purpose of the fundraiser was to gather money to donate to Team Connor, a Dallas area childhood cancer foundation.
“We chose Team Connor because they are a local charity that raises funds for childhood cancer and that’s something we’re very passionate about,” said Stacey Gow, Blanton Elementary School counselor. “We have two students enrolled at Blanton that are currently fighting cancer, so it was important to the staff as well as the students and their families.”
Coins for Kids with Cancer is a program designed for schools by Team Connor to teach kids about giving. Team Connor provided a coin canister for each classroom as well as the front office. Each classroom then set a goal for the money it wanted to raise. The goal for the school was $5,000.
“We sent home flyers and used social media to get the word out,” explained Gow. “Team Connor also set up a website for us though the majority of our money was raised in the classroom.”
They are currently waiting to find out from the bank if their goals were met and what the elementary school’s total donation will be.
The classes that reached or exceeded their goals will receive a reward for their efforts.
Team Connor uses the funds raised to raise awareness and fund research toward finding a cure for childhood cancer. The foundation was started by Joy Cruse, whose son Connor was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma at only four years old. She began the foundation because only 4% of the National Institute of Health’s annual funding goes toward childhood cancer research and family support for children with cancer. Since its establishment in 2007, Team Connor has raised more than $1.8 million to research hospitals across the country. The foundation supports clinical trials for more aggressive, incurable types of cancers in children. For more information visit teamconnor.org
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