Many of you know I serve on the board of directors for A Prom to Remember, a non-profit organization that gives the ultimate prom experience to kids with cancer in Fort Lauderdale, Cleveland, and, all new for 2014, Boston. So when I got an email about ConKerr Cancer’s PJ Party at the Please Touch Museum, it was time to impersonate an actual reporter and find out what the event, and organization, was all about.
First, the fun stuff – the party. Friday, March 21 (that’s tomorrow night, folks) from 6-9pm, ConKerr Cancer and the Please Touch Museum will hold a Pajama Party to benefit ConKerr Cancer. Children of all ages and their families, as well as anyone looking for a good time for a good cause, are welcomed. There’s only a few restrictions – guests pay a $25 donation, wear their PJ’s, and make the night a memorable evening for the many cancer kids in attendance! There will be a DJ, face painting, a photo booth and more in addition to all the entertainment the Please Touch Museum provides. It includes local eats and drinks of the kid variety – sorry fellas, but you can skip Happy Hour one Friday.
There will be some local star power, too: Flyers Alumni Bob Kelly and Todd Fedoruk and former Eagle Hollis Thomas, plus Channel 10’s Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. Several Miss American Teens will be attending, as will Eagles cheerleaders, their mascot Swoop and a few friends from the Philadelphia Zoo. It’s a great way to give your kids a fun night, have them meet some celebrities, and expose them to giving their time and money to benefit those facing a more difficult road.
ConKerr Cancer was founded in 2007, with a mission to help children as they undergo treatment by sewing colorful pillowcases to bring cheer to their hospital rooms and their faces. Founder Cindy Kerr’s son Ryan battled osteosarcoma, a common form of bone cancer, for six years with numerous surgeries and treatments before ultimately succumbing to cancer as a teen.
Monetary donations for cancer research are always necessary, but sometimes you have an opportunity to make a more immediate impact on the lives of patients who need love with their medicine. The organization has distributed over 860,000 bright and cheerful pillowcases to pediatric oncology patients and their families. Think of how much kids love their favorite set of sheets – superheros, princesses, movie and TV characters, sports teams - and then think about how antiseptic, dull, and lifeless your average hospital room can be. Give a sick child a small piece of fun to lay their head on every night, and you’ve just brightened their world a little bit.
The simple pillowcase — it’s a small, almost insignificant item. You rest on it at night and, once a year, use it to Trick or Treat. Most of you (well, you men) probably don’t even know what color pillowcase you have on your bed right now. Yet to a child faced with long hospital stays and painful treatment protocols, it becomes a comfort to see, to lay on, to cuddle with after another round of needles and injections and radiation. A small item, multiplied 860,000 times is a lot of smiles. You can help bring a few more of them.
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