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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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To This Fundraiser

$529,558

MONEY RAISED
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  • 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

  • The Otsuka Family

    $25

  • HALLIE DIAMANT

     

  • Rumi Goel

    $25

  • Corey Elenowitz

    $25

  • The Kleinman Family

     

  • The Arker Family

    $100

  • The Rabers

    $50

  • Lexi Langman

    $25

  • AnnMarie Messina

    $25

  • The Fagen Family

     

  • The Wilensky Family

    $50

  • The Freedman Family

    $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

  • Kavita Gahlaut

     

  • The Shyer Family

    $25

  • Mrs. Ettinger

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Laura and Dan Greenberg and Family

    $25

  • The Jung Family

    $50

  • Sandra Yazy Gelb

    $25

  • Tori Gelb

    $25

  • Natalie Obedian and family

    $50

  • Alessia Patane

    $25

  • Andy Lee & Family

     

  • Jeanette Velsmid

    $25

  • The Agematsu Family

    $25

  • The Ronzetti family

     

  • Lopez Family

    $25

  • Haruna Yanagihara

    $25

  • Camposa Family

     

  • Emma Birnbaum

    $40

  • The Birnbaum Family

    $100

  • The Zacker Family

     

  • The Austin Family

    $50

  • The Fleshel Family

    $25

  • Mary Jo Clines

    $50

  • Amanda Granoff

    $10

  • Taylor & Amber Zorn

    $50

  • The Schenone Family

    $75

  • Hanna and Joseph Lee

    $50

  • Robin Adkins

    $25

  • Caroline Loudenback

     

  • 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

    $250

  • Roosevelt Middle School

    $211

  • Madonna Warner

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mary Ann and Devon

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Dr. Lynn Barberi

    $25

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The Team: $529,558 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Hoda Kotb

Amount Raised

$454,134

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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

Dr. Lynn Barberi

Dr. Lynn Barberi

DONATION: $25

For the children.......... 4 weeks ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

In honor of all those going through such difficult times, may they stay strong to see the light! 2 months ago

Mary Ann and Devon

Mary Ann and Devon

DONATION: $100

In memory of Rob Cohen, who was brave. 3 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 months ago

Madonna Warner

Madonna Warner

DONATION: $25

In honor of my friend Patti 3 months ago

Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School

DONATION: $211

3 months ago

Terry & Connie Gardner

Terry & Connie Gardner

DONATION: $250

Abdel Kotb 4 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

5 months ago

Sara Clarke

Sara Clarke

DONATION: $25

Love the mash up 5 months ago