Help Local Children Battling Cancer with a Kidz in Lids School Fundraiser
Help children with cancer in the Carolinas this school year by participating in this uncomplicated and fun fundraiser
Photo courtesy of the Kidz in Lids Facebook Page
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for anyone. When it involves a child, it is particularly jolting. In the Carolinas, more than 600 children are diagnosed each year, causing families to come face-to-face with the No. 1 disease killer of children.
Fortunately, families in the Triangle who are grappling with a childhood cancer diagnosis now have a strong partner for their journey — Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (CCP). While our organization has been serving North Carolina families for some time, we have just announced plans to open an office in Durham this September.
CCP provides families with the funds needed for transportation, lodging and food associated with vital cancer treatments. These families face financial hardship and nearly one in three families are unable to meet their basic needs because of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. In addition to helping families with mounting expenses not covered by insurance, CCP also helps parents manage the overwhelming process of coordinating and gaining access to care.
Our organization hosts events and activities that provide an opportunity for children and their families to connect with others who are fighting cancer, including a summer camp experience designed just for these brave children and their siblings. CCP works with each family individually to understand any and all potential hardships that might interfere with timely treatment and then works to resolve those issues. The nonprofit is currently serving nearly 800 families in North and South Carolina.
Some families, like Nate and Jade Daniels of Raleigh, are forced to travel great distances and incur significant costs to access the lifesaving care their child needs. The Daniels’ son, Mavrick, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-spreading and rare cancer of the soft tissue. After being treated locally in North Carolina, little Mavrick was transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he got the vital care he needed. CCP came alongside the Daniels’ family and provided them with funds they needed for travel, lodging and meals throughout Mavrick’s treatment. In December, the Daniels family joined more than 300 others at CCP’s Christmas Spectacular at the Raleigh Marriott City Center to celebrate the holidays and the success of Mavrick’s treatment.
In honor of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CCP is asking Carolina parents, school administrators and student organizations to consider showing their support for local children battling cancer by hosting a Kidz in Lids event at their school. Promoted through a grant by the J.M. Smith Foundation, Kidz in Lids is an uncomplicated fundraiser — caring kids bring a dollar to school and get to wear their favorite hat throughout the school day. All funds raised go to CCP to help ensure Carolina children like Mavrick can access the lifesaving cancer treatments they desperately need.
Want to bring Kidz in Lids to your child's school? Click here for more information. We encourage schools to hold Kidz in Lids events during September or anytime throughout the school year. It's a great way to for students to learn about the importance of helping others and how they can make an impact in the lives of those who are dealing with significant challenges. For more information please contact Marisa Cecil at Marisa@ChildrensCancerPartners.org and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.
The mission of Children's Cancer Partners of the Carolinas is to provide comprehensive support and loving compassion to families whose children are battling cancer to improve their overall quality of life. The organization serves children and families throughout South Carolina and North Carolina.