A friend of mine reached out to me today, because she knew she could count on me to get word out on a fundraiser for her niece. Her sister, the mother of the little girl with cancer, happens to be a woman that my older brother dated back in high school, so we’ve known each other a long time. Crystal has a daughter, Keira, that was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was only 18 months old. Because it is a cancer of the nervous system, it then triggered an extremely rare autoimmune disorder called Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS). If you want to read about little Keira and her family and their journey, check out Crystal’s blog: Crystal + Naveen + 2. The parts about Keira’s cancer and OMS start in October 2010. I have to warn you, it is extremely emotional in content, though I do have to hand it to Crystal and say that she does a better job than I would at keeping things legible and comprehensible.
I gladly shared the special event fundraiser on Facebook, with the people locally that might be able to attend and participate in the event (proceeds from sales at a local pizzeria). But then I thought, what about people that might want to donate but do not live around here? So I poked around a little, and discovered that there is a StayClassy.org page for the full fundraiser (their team: Team V One More Step), which benefits the PabLove Foundation. They are participating in a hike in San Francisco, Urban Hike (click to see details and register if you are in the area and want to attend).
I see people donating to Kickstarter campaigns all the time, helping people start off a career, a dream, a film project, an album, a vacation even…how about helping find a cure for OMS, a very rare childhood cancer?
If you would like to donate to finding a cure for childhood cancer (and in this case, specifically support a fundraiser for Keira), please donate at this link: Team V One More Step. Even if you can only give $5, that is $5 more than was there before. Team V is currently nearly halfway to their goal of $2500 raised for the Urban Hike, so please help get them to 100% and beyond!