Our December local charity spotlight is Runway to Hope. Runway to Hope’s Mission is to support families primarily in Central Florida fighting pediatric cancer while seeking a cure. Through relationships with children’s hospitals, Runway to Hope fosters collaborative efforts among corporations, local businesses, and philanthropists to not only raise funds and awareness, but also bring new programs and initiatives to the pediatric cancer community, while providing direct support and aid primarily to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer.
Co-Founded by Mark & Josie NeJame about 10 years ago, Runway to Hope has grown from 30 children walking the runway in their inaugural year in 2010, to over 175 children modeling on the runway!
Family Assistance Program
Runway to Hope provides direct assistance that is desperately needed by children and families affected by pediatric cancer. For these families, the promise of a future cure isn't enough. They need help today. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family suffers. Often one parent has to quit work to care for the child, dramatically reducing the family's income. Medical expenses and other bills mount quickly; the stress can overwhelm parents and children alike.
Runway to Hope partners with other local non-profit organizations to create a network of support for these families. Your contribution may buy a gas card that allows a mother to visit her sick child in the hospital, lunch for a family who can no longer afford meals in the hospital cafeteria, or keep the lights on in the home of a family caring for a child with cancer. The needs are endless and solely funded by philanthropy. With the support from our community, Runway to Hope can continue to provide the necessary assistance for these brave children and their families.
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DONATIONS TOWARDS COMFORT & CARE KIT
Why is the Comfort and Care Kit important?
Weekly Runway to Hope hears stories from families battling pediatric cancer. Most of these stories start with, “We never expected...”, or “Our child was a healthy before diagnosis...”. When Doctors say, “Your Child has Cancer”, these families are then thrusted into a world they have never encountered. Instantly the child is admitted to the hospital for tests, surgeries, medicines, treatments and more giving the family no time to return home to gather personal things. The Comfort and Care Kit includes the necessities to get the family through the 24 hours in the hospital before being able to return home. This allows the parents time during the first 24 hours to not stress about personal supplies, but rather take the time to process the child’s diagnosis and the next steps in the battle.
• Toiletries • Fleece Blankets
• Tissues • Stress Balls
• Wet Wipes • Gas Cards ($20)
• ChapStick • Sleeping Masks
• Games & Playing Cards • Journal
• Peppermints • Water Bottles
• Art Supplies (Colored Pencils, Crayons, Coloring Books Adults and Children)
• Miscellaneous Gift Cards (Target, Publix, Walmart, Subway, Panera, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks)
• Cash Donations are always accepted to purchase these supplies. *we will not be collecting this at our event
How does this make an impact on the families? Each day 43 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. Runway to Hope wants to bring comfort to families affected in Central Florida by providing a small care package to help them during the first 24 hours after their diagnosis.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We will be collecting donations of the items listed above at our December 10th event. You are in no obligation to donate, but if you would like to, please bring the items to the event as we will have a representative present to collect.
If you have any questions about the program or need additional information, please call the Runway to Hope offices at 407-802-1544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your contribution can be tax deductible!
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