I have talked before about donating to legitimate charities whose funds go directly to pediatric cancer research and/or paying off hospital expenses for a family in dire straits. A high school classmate of mine is starting to highlight a nonprofit on her blog once a week, and I think it is a pretty good idea. And I think I should do the same with foundations that are fighting to cure childhood cancer and other diseases on a weekly basis. There is no such thing as too much publicity for such charities. The more they are talked about, the more awareness there is, and the closer they get to their end-goal.
So the first one I’m going to highlight is The Sierra Rayn Children’s Neuroblastoma Foundation. This nonprofit was started in honor of Sierra Rayn Chamblee, who was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when she was 21 months old. Sierra fought so hard for eleven months, but at the age of two and a half, she passed away. Her mother, Gen Chamblee, pushed on with the foundation, determined to make her baby angel proud and help end neuroblastoma. “Sierra fought so hard and smiled through it all,” Gen has said. “No child should have to learn to smile through such horrible pain.”
The foundation helps fund clinical trials and research through New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy and they also help (financially and emotionally) families who are battling this devastating disease. The foundation’s mission statement is as follows:
he Sierra Rayn Children’s Neuroblastoma Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 foundation committed to finding a cure for neuroblastoma through research, education, awareness and advocacy. We hope to educate the public about this very aggressive and painful disease, that is dramatically lacking in awareness and funding, and help others on this journey. We also are working on helping pass legislation for childhood screenings.
You can visit their website here for more details and ways you can help. I believe in this foundation, not only because it stems from a mother’s undying love for her child, but also because it already has done so much good in raising awareness and funds for research.