Walking to Benefit Children’s Tumor Foundation

by Melanie

One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our children is how they too can have an impact. Throughout the year, my children and I are involved in various fundraisers, non-profits and charity events. One of the most important organizations and causes we support is the Children’s Tumor Foundation and Neurofibromatosis. On October 4, my children, ages 9 and 11, and I are walking in a 5k walk to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The walkathon is designed to raise awareness and funds for research and to support those affected by Neurofibromatosis (NF), a neurological disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerve endings. My children have NF. I am walking in honor of my children and all other children with NF. Right now there is no cure for NF and I am walking to help change that.

When I told my children I was going to do the walk the first thing they did was empty their piggy banks to sponsor me. Then my children asked to walk as well so we formed a team we call Full of Hope. We met our initial goal so we revised it and now hope to raise $2,000. If you could please sponsor our team or even join our team. Of course you can also stop by the walk and cheer on all the walkers. My children are hoping to see a cure for NF. I am proud that as young as they are they approach this with such a proactive, mature and positive outlook.

It is not easy to live with the uncertainty of NF. What is even harder though, is your children having NF. The funds we raise will go towards research for a cure and support for children and families affected by NF. The Children’s Tumor Foundation not only is involved with critical research, they provide crucial support for children and adults with NF and for their families.

NF is a complicated disorder, it is variable and progressive. Currently, my children do not have severe NF but we know many who are severely affected by it. We know how important both the research and support services of the Children’s Tumor Foundation are.

If you can, please sponsor us at http://ctf.org/walk/donate.html After entering donation amount – For box “My donation is given” select Support a Team from drop down then in “Enter recognition Name” type in Full of Hope. Donations of every size will go a long way to finding a cure for NF.

My children really want to meet their new goal.  I want them to see that hope and their actions can accomplish great things. Thanks for any help in keeping strong their hope for a cure.

You can read more about Neurofibromatosis and my children in the main section of our website.

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