Help us raise some much needed awareness for Childhood Cancer and Go Gold for September! In Loving Memory of Cory and the 2200 children that will have their precious lives cut short by these deadly diseases. 2200+ children will not grow up and their families will miss out on so many firsts, so many milestones! Breaks my heart again and again.
A special thank you to Brian Lahousse and Brooke from Grumpy’s Restaurant & Pub for hosting our fundraiser on August 15th and presenting us with a $1,500 check. They donated 10% of the night’s proceeds to our organization, they also had a special drink of the night that was served in our Cory’s Crusaders Never Give Up water bottle & 100% of the proceeds from the sale of that drink was donated. Our event raised another $1,000 at our donation / raffle/ product table. It was a huge success raising $2,500. Thank you to all who joined us to Celebrate Cory’s forever 18th birthday, it was standing room only for most of the night with people packed in shoulder to shoulder. There were tables of Cory’s friends from school, teachers, lots and lots of aunts, uncles & cousins. Me and Jim’s friends from school and their families. Our Cory’s Crusaders followers as well as Grumpy’s patrons that had no idea it was gong to be such a crazy busy night. We can’t thank you all enough for your support. 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. I will be posting pictures from the night soon so check back in.
A special thank you to Evan’s Crew for giving Cory’s Crusaders a shout out during the Pan Mass Challenge this weekend. Evan’s Crew was originally a facebook page created to support Aimee & Timothy Mandeville’s son Evan who was also diagnosed with DIPG. Evan battled courageously but lost his fight just one year after his diagnosis in Nov of 2012, just 3 months after Cory. Aimee & Timothy Mandeville (Evan’s Crew) has continued on, raising much needed awareness and funds for DIPG Research at Dana Farber in Boston, so far they have already raised over $60,000. The impact we can make together is far greater than what any of us could ever do on our own.
The Quilter Magazine did an article on a young man named Malcom who is only 15 years of age and trying to spread much needed awareness about childhood cancers. 1 – 320 children will be diagnosed with cancer under the age of 21. 7 children will die today from cancer. Please take a moment to read this article. At the time this article was written, Cory’s picture was sitting on a desk waiting to be sewn onto the quilt (3rd page), it has since been sewn on and is now part of the display. Make Some Noise / The National Angel Quilt is trying hard to get a mall in the Boston area to let them display this quilt and bring much needed awareness to childhood cancers. They have a tentative date of Dec 6th, 7th and 8th and have reached out to the Burlington Mall but received a no. They have attempted 4 times at the Northshore Mall but have not heard back as of yet and they still have not heard back from Copley. Won’t you please help us make this happen! Click the link below to read the article. Cory’s picture is located on the top right corner.
Today we mailed out 2 more financial assistance checks. They were to help two different families with their August rent payments. We hope to make the day in the life of a child and their family battling brain cancer just a little bit easier. It is because of the generosity of all of you “our supporters” that we are able to pay it forward and help other families with children battling brain tumors and we can’t thank you all enough. The impact we can make together is far greater than what any of us could ever do on our own.
Help us celebrate Cory’s Birthday. Jim & I will be behind the bar to meet & greet … August 15th at Grumpy’s Restaurant Bellingham, MA 5pm – closing. 10 % of all proceeds from the night (this includes the dinning room) will be donated to Cory’s Crusaders by Grumpy’s Restaurant. We will have Cory’s Crusaders product as well as raffles. There will be a DJ for your entertainment and a specialty drink in our Cory’s Crusaders Never Give Up bottle, the bottle will be yours to keep. This is a family friendly event so all ages are welcomed. Reservations for dining will be accepted by calling Grumpy’s at 508-883-0101. Cory’s life may have been taken way too soon but his spirit will live on forever. Thank you for helping us help others.
It is with great pride that we with the support of all of you were able to send out our first 2 financial assistance checks today. We are working with the resource specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital & The Jimmy Fund Clinic to get funds directly to those most in need. This month we were able to pay July’s rent for a single Mom with a 10th month old and another single Mom with a 10 year child both battling brain tumors. We also met with the pediatric oncology social worker at Hasbro Children’s Hospital today, our hopes are to financial assist families there as well. The impact we can make together is far greater than what we could ever do on our own. Thank you for helping us help others!
The $500 Cory Edward Gaudet Memorial Scholarship winners from Cory’s Crusader’s 1st Annual 5K Road Race – A big thank you to Emilie Carroll and Jack Quitzau for participating in our Event as well as a big Congratulations to them both! Emilie and Jack are both sophomores at Blackstone Millville Regional High School
We are so pleased to announce that our 1st Annual 5K Road Race & Relay Walk was a huge success. After adding the proceeds from this weekends 5K event to the funds received prior which include registrations, random donations and team fundraising we have raised $44,000. In addition to this we received over $10,000 in donated items & services totaling $54,000 for our event. We gave away 2 $500 scholarships at our event to one boy and to one girl in grade 9-12 who registered & completed the 5K road race and the winners were Emillie Carroll and Jack Quitzau both students at BMR. Our 3 top women overall winning cash prizes were 1st Alex-Finn Atkins, 2nd Lori Cunningham and 3rd Lauren Deguire. Women’s 18 & under were 1st Lauren Deguire, 2nd Avery DeRagon and 3rd Emille Carroll. Women’s 19 – 29 Were 1st Alex-Finn Atkins, 2nd Alicia Pickering and 3rd Jill Wasnewski. Women’s 30 and over were 1st Karen Quitzau, 2nd Lisa Miracle & 3rd Kathy Tata. Men’s overall winning cash prizes were 1st Christopher Tringal, 2nd Zachary Taylor and 3rd Zachary Morin. Men’s 18 and under were the same as the overall winners list. Men’s 19 -29 were 1st Tyler Dilibro, 2nd Thomas Cambell and 3rd Jake Hereth. Men’s 30 and over were 1st Timothy Johnson, 2nd Timothy Mandeville and 3rd Dennis Berard. The complete list of race results can be found on the Cool Running website. Team Fundraising Awards were as follows: 1st place Angels Among Us with co captains Denice Lubash & Mary Desrochers raising $3,000, 2nd place Got Your Bak with captain Tracy Bak raising $2,444 and 3rd place Cancer Crushers with co captains Lisa & Jayde Gaudet raising $1,525 Individual Fundraising Awards are as follows: 1st place Debra Kieon from team Eddie’s Bagel Bunch $1,280, 2nd place Tracy Bak from team Got Your Bak $1,236 and 3rd place Crystalle Gaudet from team Running Over Cancer $947. I would like to make an honorable mention to Tanya Scott captain of Team Depot #2651 although slow to the finish they raised $2,122. We Would like to say a special thank you to all of our teams who have done such an amazing job fundraising and promoting our event, they have raised $27,000. Included in that there was a $5,000 anonymous donation made to the team total, which we would like to say thank you for. We would also like to send a special thank you out to all of our business sponsors as well as the business’s and individuals who donated their time, product and services. A big giant thank you to all of the volunteers that made the day something to remember! We are looking for forward to next year!
Below is a link to “some” of the many photos taken of the days events
A Day in the Life of a Family Battling Brain Cancer … One Day at a Time!