Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of the 12,500 families this year that will get the shocking and horrible diagnosis of childhood cancer, and the countless millions who have come before them, we would like to help promote September's cause: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Over the years, Cathy's Creations has worked hard to raise awareness and funds for several children and families affected by childhood cancer, and with the help from some generous Frikes, sales of jewelry have gone to support people suffering through difficult times, and also some very distinguished charity organizations. While the topic of childhood disease is always a difficult one to approach, we try our best to reach out to those who are in need of love and support during a time where they are facing the absolute worst thing that any family can imagine.

We would like to recognize those affected by this terrible illness whose stories have touched our hearts and whose families we have grown to know and love.

Riley, a beautiful little girl who is suffering from several medical conditions, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Funds from the sale of Riley's bracelet help support The Dragonfly Foundation, an organization that helps to bring joy to the lives of children suffering from cancer and diseases of the blood.

Allison, a three year old who is suffering from stage 4 neuroblastoma. All proceeds from this bracelet have sponsored her family's struggles with medical bills and living expenses during their difficult time as they continue their fight against cancer.

Avery, who bravely fought a brain tumor for over a year and whose love for horses inspired her mother's request that all donations to go directly to the Front Range Equine Rescue to help prevent the abuse and neglect of horses.

Cody, an athletic and intelligent teenager who lost his battle against Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and agressive form of bone cancer. Proceeds from the sale of Cody's bracelet have sponsored research about Ewing's Sarcoma in his name.

Faith, whose extreme battle with cancer earned her a special place in our hearts and our lives as she struggled through several obstacles before earning her angel wings. All jewelry sold in her name benefits the Faith Fulmer Foundation. (Faith also has a pendant, an additional bracelet listing, a charm in her honor, and a ring.)

Madeleine, a nine year old girl who lost her battle with a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. Proceeds from the sale of the pendant are donated to Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) in Madeleine's memory. (Please also view Madeleine's pendant on our website.)

Ethan, a young man who fought hard in his battle against stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor that originates in the soft tissues of the body. After struggling almost two years, Ethan's body succumbed to this aggressive disease, but his spirit lives on in the Ethan Josted Foundation, which is partially supported by proceeds from this bracelet.

Zoë, a beautiful baby girl who was only two months old at the time of her diagnosis of a malignant rhabdoid tumor and who passed away at only five months old in her home, surrounded by her loving parents. Team Zoë jewelry supports the financial cost to her parents for medical expenses during Zoë's fight with her rare and aggressive form of cancer. (We also offer a pendant in addition to the bracelet.)

Additionally, to support cancer research and awareness, we have created jewelry that is meant to call attention to foundations that support our belief that we can overcome this terrible disease!

Our CURE bracelet supports the efforts of CURE Childhood Cancer organization, which focuses its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer and reaches out to families who are navigating the dark waters of childhood cancer.

Our NEGU pendant, inspired by Jessie Rees' motto "Never Ever Give Up." Jessie struggled to overcome her two brain tumors for almost a year before passing away. $5 from the sale of each pendant will be donated to the Jessie Rees Foundation for Joy Jars, which help spread happiness and hope to those struggling with childhood cancer.

Please join us in our efforts to raise awareness in September, and all year, in honor of those we know who have battled and those who are yet to face their struggle. Let's work together to make childhood cancer a disease that future generations will never have to know.