September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we need your help as we continue to make strides in the battle against pediatric cancer. I want to help! When you see the suffering a child goes through in the pediatric oncology unit of a hospital, it isn’t a sight you will ever forget. To us, every child who is currently or has fought a battle with cancer is a hero and we will work tirelessly to help end pediatric cancer for good, but we need your help. Every year, over 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US. Our moral compass has directed us to support children with cancer in any and every way possible. According to our calculations, it costs about $10,000 a day to be a patient on the pediatric oncology floor. At the Hugs for Brady Foundation, no child is turned away– no matter what their financial status or health insurance status.
Last year, the Hugs for Brady Foundation pledged more than $300,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project: a program created by the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and a cornerstone of pediatric cancer research. In conjunction with this initiative, we’re also proud to have contributed $100,000 towards the funding of the state’s first pediatric cancer young investigator research program in 2014.
Generous supporters like you have also enabled us to make a sizeable donation to the New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital last year: $85,000 towards providing the region’s first sedation-free MRI services to children being screened for pediatric cancer.
Our fight is twofold however, and we never forget the human element – that is each specific child, fighting to be well. Our targeting of this goal, and the donations from friends like you, has enabled the Hugs for Brady Foundation to create marked improvements in the lives of children and their families.
In 2014 we were able to install 20 TVs and gaming stations at the Robert Wood Johnson University Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, to provide entertainment to kids spending extended periods of time in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit. We’re also pleased to have contributed to the remodeling efforts of both playrooms within this same hospital, to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for children.
Our crowning achievement in 2014 was a simpler goal, but one that was nonetheless thanks to donors like yourself– we were able to place at least one custom-built hospital-grade Brady Buggy Wagon in every children’s hospital in New Jersey! This achievement gave young kids with cancer the ability to leave their hospital rooms and feel like normal kids by giving them the experience of being mobile.
After five years, we are still virtually a 100% volunteer organization, which means no donation is too small and no gesture is unimportant. What we have achieved so far is marked only by what we will achieve next. We can’t do it without you.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we urge you to make a financial donation today. Your support is invaluable and truly makes an impact on these beautiful children who are battling so bravely.
Thank you for your time and your generosity,
Sherrie Wells, Co-Founder and Brady’s Mom
More About Hugs For Brady
Click below to read the story’s of children who have battled cancer and whose lives have been positively impacted by the Hugs for Brady Foundation.
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