Kids helping kids. You hear that phrase a lot. We at the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) often see this in action as kids reach out to help a child with cancer or a blood disorder. Here are just a few wonderful examples:
- Shorewood High School’s “Shorewood Games,” held nearly every four years since 1988 when they were inspired to help a student with cancer named Gus. Special events galore, “Buzz Cuts” for boys and girls and fun between students and faculty helped raise more than $30,000 for the MACC Fund’s fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders. Kids helping kids.\
- The Lake Country Charity Invitational golf event sponsored by Hartland Arrowhead High School includes many of Wisconsin’s finest high school golfers. Brandon, who graduated from high school in 2008 after battling cancer for six years, inspired the team before they teed off through a very emotional letter. He encouraged them to never take anything for granted and to be grateful for their health and for the chance to compete.
His letter hit home, and so did the message of 5-year-old Emilie, who has been fighting cancer for a year. She joined her grateful family to thank the golfers. She gave a smile from atop her dad’s broad shoulders that brightened the darkening skies. The tears in a few of the eyes in the crowd were a harbinger of the rains that would soon wash out the tourney. The golfers were proud to raise $30,000 for the MACC Fund and kids like Brandon and Emilie. Kids helping kids.
As executive director of the MACC Fund, I am lucky to witness this awesome phenomenon quite often. It’s why we raise money for pediatric cancer and blood disorder research. It’s why we support this research as much as we can, including at the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital.
As adults, we can follow the lead from these generous young people by investing in research to find a cure for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. There are many opportunities for you to make a difference in the life of a child battling these diseases.
See what we’re doing at the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
–John Cary, executive director, MACC Fund