Ariel Martin was selected by the Guidance Dept on our behalf and is the recipient of the $500.00 Cory Edward Gaudet Memorial Scholarship which was presented at BMR’s Senior Awards Night. I have also included a picture of her year book page – take note of her very first quote! It truly means so much to us to know that Cory continues to inspire people. Congrats Ariel!
Family Assistance for May 2014.…. It is because of your generosity and continued support that we were able to financially assist 5 families last month totaling just over $3500. Our assistance varies each month because we feel it is important to help out the family or families with whatever their specific need is at the time. Last month we helped a family from Texas with a Walmart gas gift card so she could get her daughter to a much needed MRI at a hospital over 400 miles away from her home. We are happy to report that her tumor is stable. We had the pleasure of being able to give a 5 yr old boy from NH a very special birthday party which included a place to hold it, all the decorations and favors, a beautiful cake and his dream car! I have had the honor of meeting him and his Mom a couple of times now at the Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston and they truly are so loving & kind. I will be posting pictures of his party in it’s own album soon. We have also helped a family from South Carolina with rent, a car payment and utility bill. A family from South Texas via their social worker at the hospital with a Valero gas gift card and Walgreen gift card and lastly a family from West Springfield, MA, who I hope to meet at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, with a Stop n Shop gift card, a rent payment and a Mobil gas gift card.
My plan is to visit the Jimmy Fund Clinic at least once a month. Spending time with families and meeting with our Resource Specialists that keep us connected with the families that are most in need. It truly is a special place. This week I took my niece Crystalle with me, as she has shown interest in volunteering there. In her own words “Visiting The Jimmy Fund today was a truly humbling experience. It is amazing to see these little kids smile through their chemo treatments and play with you no differently than any other 5 or 7 year old would. If you ever think you are having a bad day, go and visit those children. They have been dealt an absolute crap hand but are still the happiest little beings! Truly eye opening and I can’t wait to go back again”
Why do we support the family financially? Because when you have to spend countless hours in clinic, the hospital or even at home taking care of your sick child you are missing work. Income decreases but expenses continue to increase. You now have the added expenses of traveling to and from treatments, parking, food while in clinic or the hospital, co pays and over the counter medicines are just a few examples. Let’s not forget that although life as they knew it stopped on the day of diagnosis, their day to day bills such as rent/ mortgage, utilities, groceries did not. They still need to get paid and from someone who has been there, they are not the greatest priority, making your child happy and trying to get them healthy again is your greatest priority. So please know that your donations are so greatly needed and appreciated.
I will be posting a 5K Update very soon … Sorry for the delay but we were still getting information put together. Jim and I will be attending the Senior Awards Night at BMR tonight and I would like to include the recipient of the 3rd and final Cory Edward Gaudet Memorial Scholarship for 2014.
Thank you for helping us help children battling brain cancer.
Big Hugs, Much Love & God Bless
Teresa & Jim Gaudet
As you can imagine our 5K Event brings so many different emotions to our family! This for me was one of the most emotional moments of the race – When Nicholas crossed the finish line! We dedicated race bib #1 to Cory and Nicholas proudly ran the race for his brother with his bib & picture pinned to his back This bib along with Nicholas’s bib# will be donated along with race tshirts to 2 children battling brain cancer through the organization Brain cancer share your shirts. So Big Hugs to Nathan and Megan who are fighting… Please know you both are in our continued thoughts and prayers and as Cory would say Never Give Up!
Another special moment for me and Jim at our 5K was when Cory’s Friend Brandon’s brother came up to us and introduced himself and said that Brandon asked him to run the 5K for him because he is deployed and can not! Truly special. Love You Brandon and hope you are doing well. Never Give Up! Big Hugs, Much Love & God Bless! Cory would be proud of you!
A very Powerful and Emotional statement… Lieutenant Kenneth Cotnoir of the Blackstone Fire Department ran in full gear. We had a moment to speak with him after the race, what an honor to have him take part in our Event. He was also involved in the shave-off fundraiser that was organized by my nephew Michael Lubash (a Yarmouth Fireman & EMT) The shave off was held to honor Cory after his diagnosis and to raise money for our family back in March of 2011 at the Blackstone Fire Station. The support our family had received and the support our organization is receiving is truly so amazing – We can’t thank you all enough! Thank you for helping us help children battling brain cancer.
Family Assistance for March … It is because of the generosity and support of others that we have been able to financially assist 4 families last month with a $1,200 Mortgage payment, a $2,075 partial Rent payment, a Car payment and an Oil Delivery payment totaling over $4,000.
If you would like to help us help others you can visit our 5K weblink and make a donation to an individual or team or you would like to join us and register to either run the 5K Road Race or take part in our Relay Walk that takes place through out the day on track just click the link below. www.coryscrusaders.dojiggy.com
On behalf of Cory’ Crusaders and the families we are able to assist Jim and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Cory was 1 of the 4 patients talked about in this article and he was 2 of the 5 infusions they talked about because he underwent this CED clinical trial surgery twice. Sadly he is the only patient that lived long enough and was well enough to have it done twice.
Today is a special Day … Cory’s Crusaders, Inc. is officially a year old! In the past year we have been able to financially assist many families, some more than once and have had several successful fundraising events. As we begin our second year we look forward to fulfilling the second part of our mission statement which is not only to financially assist families with children battling brain cancer but to also start funding research specific to pediatric brain cancer. Please join our mailing list! Please “like” our facebook page (the fb icon is found at the top right of our page) The impact we can make together is far greater than what any of us could ever do on our own. Thank you for helping us help others.