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Kids impacting the lives of kids with cancer

Coins for Kids

During an assembly at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Little Elm, a story was told about a boy who got cancer when he was four years old and passed away from the disease when he was eight. All of the kids at the assembly were moved, especially Abigail, an 11 year old 5th grader.

It was Connor Cruse’s story that Abigail and the students of Chavez Elementary School heard that day. Connor’s mom, Joy, urged the kids to conduct a Coins for Kids with Cancer coin drive. When Abigail realized the seriousness of childhood cancer, she said, “It’s important to give to this cause.”

Raising a total of $2,000, the students of Chavez Elementary got behind TeamConnor in full force. Abigail was determined to make a big contribution and raised $500 on her own. After hearing Connor’s story, she went to TeamConnor.org, created a PowerPoint document with information on childhood cancer, and emailed the slides to her aunt and uncle. Wanting to raise as much money as she could, she hoped that her aunt and uncle, who regularly give to charity, would contribute.

Her hopes did come true, with their gift of $500, however this caused her to be happy and sad. Abigail’s 5th grade class was in a competition with the other 5th grade class. The class that raised the most money would get a popsicle party. Knowing that this donation would put her class far ahead of the other class, Abigail bought and organized a popsicle party for both 5th grade classes. Having learned to be a giving person from her mom and her church, Abigail is showing early signs of being a philanthropist and leader. She also understands the importance of taking care of others from a personal point of view.

“I feel like a better person now that I’ve done this,” Abigail confesses. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is grateful for the support that Abigail and everyone at Cesar Chavez Elementary contributed to the fight against childhood cancer.

If you or your school would like to host a Coins for Kids with Cancer fundraiser, please visit CoinsforKidswithCancer.org or email asouflee@teamconnor.org.

Chavez Elementary Making Big Change!

Coins for Kids

Children don’t mess around. When they get behind a cause and want to make a difference, they do with full force. Students at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Little Elm put passion in full gear to raise funds for the Coins For Kids with Cancer program benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Chavez Elementary started their coin drive at the beginning of February after Joy Cruse spoke at a school assembly. That day they heard the story of Connor Cruse’s fight with childhood cancer. They learned that kids don’t “catch” cancer and that one in 330 kids get the disease each year. Connor’s struggle touched their hearts and motivated the kids to get involved.

The entire school raised money for the cause. The two fifth grade classes held a competition, with a prize of a popsicle party to the class that raised the most funds.

One student, Abigail, raised $500 on her own. Knowing this would put her fifth grade class in the lead, she bought popsicles for both fifth grade classes so that all of the kids would feel good about their hard work on the coin drive.

Overall, the awesome students at Chavez Elementary raised $2,000 for Coins For Kids with Cancer. They were empowered to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. These future leaders are stars in the eyes of everyone at TeamConnor!

Kids in Murphy Have Big Hearts

Coins for Kids

Students at Martha Hunt Elementary in Murphy, TX opened their hearts and filled canisters full of coins for Coins for Kids with Cancer program, benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. Recently, the kids at Hunt Elementary raised $2,731 over a two-week period. Every grade got involved, gathering as many coins as they could from their piggy banks, parents and friends for this campaign. Knowing that each coin goes towards funding research towards finding a cure for childhood cancer made them work very hard at having a successful campaign.

In the last two months, Coins for Kids with Cancer has received close to $5,000 in donations from children concerned about their peers that have cancer. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation thanks all of these students, teachers and parents who have contributed to this program for opening their hearts and making our heart very grateful. Together we can make big change in finding a cure for pediatric cancer.