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5th Annual Be Strong and Give Back Happiness Swimathon

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THE STORY:

My name is Sarah Banholzer and I am 16 years old and undergoing treatment for Lymphoma. I battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when I was 4 1/2 years old with 2+ years of chemotherapy, several surgical procedures and lots of pokes and other yucky stuff. I had hoped that I would never take another chemo med again. But sadly, in November, I had what was thought to be a cyst removed from my forehead, but it turned out to be Lymphoma. This time, things leading up to the diagnosis were different. When I was 4, it made some sense because I had been feeling badly, but this time, I was feeling fantastic. I was having a great Sophomore year, had just finished my high school volleyball season, had just been selected to my 1st choice club volleyball team and had been starting to like running (actually I had just ran 5 miles with my Mom the week before)…. I guess that it doesn’t ever really make sense though. So, now I am on this road for a bit longer, but I will beat this and be back doing the ‘normal’ teenage things soon. My desire to give back for all of the incredible love and support that I have received from so many during my life has only grown deeper. This desire began about 6 years ago during the 2012 holiday season when I had the idea to sell crafts to buy Christmas gifts for the kids that have to be in Children's Hospital Oakland over Christmas. With the generous support of so many wonderful people, we have been able to sell crafts, baked goods and our signature Be Strong & Give Back Happiness apparel around the holidays and have taken over 700 gifts to Children's Hospital Oakland for the kids at Christmas! We have also started an annual Swimathon and have raised over $50,000 for USCF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland in our first 4 years! The money that has been raised has gone to start several new, cool programs developed for the children through the Child Life Department at the hospital. We would love to continue to fund these wonderful programs for the children as well as maybe start some new programs. Please go to our website to learn more about these programs in our Newsletter -BeStrongAndGiveBackHappiness.weebly.com Thank you very much for supporting Be Strong & Give Back Happiness and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland! Together, we can create smiles for these children! And we hope to see you on Sunday, April 22nd at the 5th Annual Be Strong & Give Back Happiness Swimathon!! xoxo, Sarah

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$3,910

MONEY RAISED
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  • Joan Laursen

    $50

  • Ashley Bakken-Martin

    $100

  • Nancy McGhee and Clayton Newman

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Maltz Family, Pleasanton

     

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Peter and Penny Rammer

    $100

  • Beth and Sarah

    $100

  • Prevost Family

    $25

  • Paula golden

    $100

  • Diane Olszewski

    $100

  • Kim Malloy

    $100

  • Jim and Ineke Douwes

    $50

  • Jeanie and Bill Campbell

     

  • Tennis-Moody

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Team Sar Sar Orange County!

    $50

  • Liz Cho

     

  • Kris Hymes

    $100

  • The Jung Family from Chicago

     

  • Bonnie King

    $100

  • Susie Montoya

    $50

  • The Douwes family

    $100

  • The Crosby Hillis Crew

    $100

  • Gentry-Peck Family

    $100

  • Ashley Bakken-Martin

    $50

  • Kristin Moschetti

    $100

  • Paul Dutra

    $100

  • Jill Battilega

    $25

  • Maria Mehidi

    $50

  • The Haus Family

    $100

  • Rick & Sheryl Tokunaga

    $100

  • Diane & Chuck

    $250

  • Suzanne May

    $100

  • The Broberg Family

    $50

  • The Serio Family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • John & Sue Errecart

    $100

  • Dean Eggers

    $125

  • Kira

    $125

  • Elias Muñiz

    $50

  • Sharon Deaton

    $30

  • Alers-Zambrana Family

    $50

  • Tom & Carolyn Lenz

     

  • The Sanderson Family

    $50

  • Randy and Gay Washington

     

  • Jimmy, Debbie, Tanner, Chase and Nate-Dog

     

  • Alexander Prevost

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Pine Valley Swim Team

    $100

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26% Raised of$15,000 Goal

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The Team: $3,910 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Pine Valley Swim Team

Pine Valley Swim Team

DONATION: $100

:-( Date conflict this year - Have a great swim and raise lots 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

In memory of George Yogo Tokunaga 7 months ago

Alexander Prevost

Alexander Prevost

DONATION: $50

8 months ago

Jimmy, Debbie, Tanner, Chase and Nate-Dog

Jimmy, Debbie, Tanner, Chase and Nate-Dog

We love Pa and love your family. May Pa find eternal life in heaven with the Love of his life Claudine. ❤️ 8 months ago

Randy and Gay Washington

Randy and Gay Washington

George “Yogo” Tokunaga 8 months ago

The Sanderson Family

The Sanderson Family

DONATION: $50

In Memory of Your Grandfather, George “Yoko” Saburo Tokunaga 8 months ago

Tom & Carolyn Lenz

Tom & Carolyn Lenz

In honor of Yogo George Tokunaga 8 months ago

Alers-Zambrana Family

Alers-Zambrana Family

DONATION: $50

Sarah inspires me 9 months ago

Sharon Deaton

Sharon Deaton

DONATION: $30

1 year ago

Elias Muñiz

Elias Muñiz

DONATION: $50

1 year ago