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THE STORY:

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH

You know how your life is perfect on Monday and then on Tuesday it all falls a part?  That's what happened to me seven years ago when a doctor called me and told me I had breast cancer. I needed a mastectomy --and reconstruction. An excruciating time. I thank God that I have wonderful doctors, family, friends and faith that helped me through, but I also had something else -- music. Sounds funny but those notes and lyrics soothed me and helped heal me.  I am not sure what I would have done without it.

 

Cancer is difficult to endure as an adult. I can only imagine how tough it would be for a child – it’s such a grown-up disease.  It just so happens that several years ago the TODAY Show sent me to a children’s cancer hospital for a series of stories.  I was frozen at the door… did not want to walk inside. I guess I was just afraid to see so much pain. But with one glimpse of the first child I saw there, another feeling washed over me. I was feeling hopeful, almost joyful.

 

An estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) in 2014. I want to do everything I can to prevent cancer from taking these young lives.  I'm not a doctor.  I'm not a nurse, but I want to do what I can. To lift their spirits and help these kids heal, I’m joining forces with Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to create a song and concert just for them.  Please hear our song and donate to the American Cancer Society by clicking on the “Donate” or “Fundraise” buttons.  You can also make a donation by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.  When calling, please specify that you’d like to donate to the Shine A Light campaign.  All proceeds will go to grants for pediatric cancer research.  Together, we can help prevent this disease from taking more young lives.

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  • Jessica,Brayden, Ella

    $30

  • Halle Brown

    $10

  • Jacqueline Hubbins

    $50

  • Shari Booth

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Suzy Mehler

    $25

  • Dr. Catherine da Silva

    $20

  • Tyler Gentilcore

    $20

  • the Liotta family

     

  • Paul Rios & Angela Guarna-Rios

    $50

  • Bob & Noreen da Silva

    $20

  • Rich and Ruth

    $50

  • Sharon Schaefer

    $20

  • Shira Margulies

    $25

  • Nancy Herard-Marshall

    $25

  • Ann Macchia

    $25

  • Angie Tsapos

    $25

  • Lisa Gordon

     

  • Lebolt Family

    $25

  • Marie and Ron Millar

    $50

  • Wei and Zhi, the Huang family

    $50

  • Kento & Kumiko Nakamura

    $25

  • The Lam Family

    $50

  • Ethan Chiu and family

    $25

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    $25

  • HALLIE DIAMANT

     

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    $25

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    $25

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    $100

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    $50

  • Lexi Langman

    $25

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    $25

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    $50

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    $25

  • TANYERI FAMILY

    $25

  • The Diamants

    $50

  • The Granoff family

    $25

  • Megan Liu & Family

    $25

  • RapidLash Team

    $4,500

  • The Dolley Family

    $30

  • Hannah Lashin

    $25

  • Ellen & MIchael Diamant

    $50

  • The Schwartzman Family

    $25

  • Sheila & Chris McNeil

    $50

  • The Kaplan's

    $36

  • Martina Boone

    $100

  • Barbara Polo

    $25

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    $25

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  • Anonymous

    $50

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    $25

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    $50

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    $25

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    $25

  • Natalie Obedian and family

    $50

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    $25

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    $25

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  • Lopez Family

    $25

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  • Emma Birnbaum

    $40

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    $100

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  • The Austin Family

    $50

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    $25

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    $50

  • Amanda Granoff

    $10

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    $50

  • The Schenone Family

    $75

  • Hanna and Joseph Lee

    $50

  • Robin Adkins

    $25

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  • Blythe gohd Marshall

    $59

  • Palmesano Family

     

  • Dave

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Stay Strong

    $10

  • In memory of Nicholas Jones, Paducah, KY

    $10

  • Gina Wei Jean Wu

    $200

  • Ron, Flora and Sarah

    $10

  • April Markgraf

    $20

  • n.t. kristanto

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Linda Whitchurch

    $25

  • Millstadt Community Consolidated School

    $5,447.51

  • Elaine Coffey

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Therese Murphy

    $50

  • The Harcourt Family

    $50

  • Sara Clarke

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Terry & Connie Gardner

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The Team: $528,822 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Hoda Kotb

Amount Raised:

$453,610

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michelle crawford

Amount Raised:

$30,500

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Donna Brown

Amount Raised:

$5,010

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Rapidlash

Amount Raised:

$5,000

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Robbins Lane

Amount Raised:

$2,240

 

112% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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Stephanie Whiteman

Amount Raised:

$1,575

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CJ McCarthy

Amount Raised:

$1,400

 

280% Raised of $500 Goal

Donor Comments

Terry & Connie Gardner

Terry & Connie Gardner

DONATION: $250

Abdel Kotb 2 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

1 month ago

Sara Clarke

Sara Clarke

DONATION: $25

Love the mash up 1 month ago

The Harcourt Family

The Harcourt Family

DONATION: $50

In memory of Arlie Knipmeyer and Kathleen Fizer 1 month ago

Therese Murphy

Therese Murphy

DONATION: $50

3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

4 months ago

Elaine Coffey

Elaine Coffey

DONATION: $50

In honor of Elaine Coffey 4 months ago

Millstadt Community Consolidated School

Millstadt Community Consolidated School

DONATION: $5,447.51

“Let your true Colors Shine Drug Free” was the theme for Red Ribbon Week, and the week-long celebration ended with an assembly and a challenge to the students, families, and staff of MCCSD.  At the assembly we showed the video of a mashup of the songs True Colors and Brave that was inspired by TV anchor Hoda Kotb.  The video was introduced by Lt. Hucke, the district's DARE officer, with the message asking, “Why would anyone want to do drugs and possibly destroy their lives when these kids are trying so hard to survive?” The video found on Crowdrise.com at https://www.crowdrise.com/hoda inspired the students and staff so much that when we said we wanted to raise money for the cause, everyone joined in on the challenge.  Mr. Weaver, the athletic director for the district, had the idea of asking staff members to shave their heads to encourage donations.  Quickly, Mr. Green, the superintendent; Mr. Belosi, history teacher; Mr. Emge, social studies teacher; and Mrs. Wolfmeier, a cancer survivor herself and playground supervisor, along with Mr. Weaver, volunteered to support this worthy cause.  Our goal was to raise $1500, but like always, the MCCSD families and staff went above and beyond, and we smashed the goal raising $5447.51 in only 4 days of fundraising.    The excitement reached a ‘head” when all the volunteers had their heads shaved by our special guest barbers.  The MCS Panther Mascot along with two very special pediatric cancer survivors,our own sixth grader Abby Ready and second grader Cole Harris gladly shaved the heads of our very gracious volunteers. This money was raised during last year's Red Ribbon Week, but money continued to flow in and now we would like to present you with $5,447.51. 5 months ago

Linda Whitchurch

Linda Whitchurch

DONATION: $25

Merry Christmas! 5 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 months ago