Sunday, August 29, 2010

Because September is a month for GOLD

September is the month of the gold ribbon. September is childhood cancer awareness month.

Did you know that?

46 children are diagnosed with cancer each day in the US. Forty-Six.

Seven children die from cancer every day. Seven.

In the US, cancer is responsible for more deaths among children than any other disease; more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.

Did you know that?

I have to be honest, I didn’t.

Not until my brother became one of the 46. And later, one of the seven. Since Manny died, approximately 251,000 children have been diagnosed and 38,000 have died. 251,000 children whose lives have been forever changed. 38,000 children who will never get to blow out birthday candles, or wish on stars, or hug their parents. 38,000 empty spaces at the dinner table, 38,000 dreams undreamt.

Since Manny died, childhood cancer awareness has become a cause which I care about deeply. It’s why I am here today. Once again, asking you for help.

In recognition of this month, of the children lost and those still fighting, my cousin, friends and I are going to be holding on fundraiser on Friday, September 24th at the West 5 Supper Club in Hoboken, NJ (505 Madison Street) from 9-11pm. There will be a $40 cover charge, 50% which will be donated to Kids Cancer Crusade. KCC provides a network of much needed support and love for children with cancer and their families. All children in treatment (& siblings) receive care packages full of cute hats, clothes and fun games. Parents are sent gas and food gift cards to help them with their expenses while their children are in treatment. Kids Cancer Crusade is simply an amazing organization that helps bring in the sunshine in some of the darkest moments. (

By raising funds and awareness, we can let these families know that they are not alone. Let’s make September a time for action. Because there is simply no more time to wait.

Please join us on Friday, September 24th if you can! There will be open bar, a raffle, and a great time for an amazing cause. I hope to see you there!

As always, thank you so much for all of your amazing support!

With love & hope,


PS- If you can't come, but would like to make a donation, please visit my fundraising page at: (It's for my October Christi Memorial run but all funds go to KCC too.)

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