It's that time of year again! Run, Rock and Stroll 2010...this year Maddeson will be running in our hearts. Maddeson fought with bravery and courage for 7 months, until cancer took her from us on August 21, 2009. The cancer was too aggressive for her little body. We miss her so much but I am determined to keep her spirit alive by continuing to form Team Madd Dash and raise money for this wonderful organization.
The Heart Connection has changed their name to Children's Cancer Connection, but everything else about them remains the same. Children's Cancer Connection provides many programs for children and their families facing cancer. The Beads for Bravery program and the Children's Cancer Camp are just 2 of the many programs they offer. If you remember, after Run Rock and Stroll last year, Maddeson went to camp in Boone, IA. We dropped her off on Sunday and I was picking her up by Monday (she was very homesick, but who could blame her...I had not left her side since January 25, 2009, when she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma). But my brave little girl decided she wanted to go back, so she headed back to camp on Thursday and stayed until the end. She had the most awesome time when she went back. The counselors said she was a completely different kid...laughing, playing, having fun with her new friends, and she was certainly not missing me! I am so thankful that Maddeson was able to attend camp last year. She came home saying that she was going to go to camp every year and was going to become a camp counselor when she was old enough. She sure enjoyed herself and I'd give anything to be dropping her off this year and every year after...but she can only be there in spirit, watching over her friends and camp counselors that she formed such an unforgettable bond with.
Without support from donors like you, through events such as Run, Rock, and Stroll, these programs would not be possible. One of the best aspects of this organization is that 100% of the funds raised stay in Iowa! All children served by Children's Cancer Connection either live in Iowa, are treated in Iowa, or were diagnosed in Iowa.
Thank you for visiting my Personal Fundraising Page. Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support-- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!