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Lori Peikoff's Fundraiser:

Operation Sweet Dreams - Zambia

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Lori Peikoff

THE STORY:

Lori Peikoff, long-time sponsor for Children International, NPR-featured storyteller and well-known dog behaviorist in Los Angeles, California, was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. This life-changing news inspired Lori to embark on an extraordinary campaign to help impoverished children in Zambia, the African country where she sponsors three children:

Ever since I was a young child, I’ve had an innate connection with Africa. That connection has not diminished over the years, in fact, it grew stronger. In 2008, I discovered an amazing organization called Children International, and among the 340,000 children they help all over the world, I was excited to find out I could sponsor kids in Zambia. I envisioned that one day I would travel to Africa and meet my three precious children who I have sponsored for more than six years. In October 2015, I hope to fulfill my dream and visit 13-year-old Nelya, Francis, 15, and Joyce, 11.

It's good to think big! I always have, and at the age of 54, I’m not about to change. When I first started sponsoring my children, I discovered that each child slept on the dirt floor in their family home. (By the way, many of their homes are the size of my kitchen in the U.S., about 10 square feet.) I immediately bought each child a bed and everything they would need for a good night's sleep: a mosquito net, pillow, blanket and sheets. No doubt all their siblings joined them nightly. I had hoped one day to be able to purchase beds for all the children in their families.

Then, a few months ago, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. Needless to say, I was shocked at the news, but truthfully my life has been full of blessings … I am filled with gratitude for all of them, both past and present. My current health circumstances have pushed me to do the thing that seems most natural – to help others who need it more than I do. There are plenty of people that fit that bill. So I created (with the support of Children International) a fundraiser called “Operation Sweet Dreams – Zambia.”

Now my dream – and goal – is to give beds to 5,000 additional children in Zambia. I want to get ALL of these children off the dirt floors and provide them each with a bed that every child deserves! I want to use my illness as a force for good and help lift these children up off the floor one bed at a time. I am fearless of what the future holds and determined to use this cancer for good. I hope you will help me in whatever way you can. No donation is too small, especially when one's heart is so big!

A great friend of mine who is a Buddhist recently told me, "You can't control the waves but you can learn how surf." Surf's up, my friends. Surf's up!

Every $200 will provide a child with a mattress, pillow and bedding. Will you join me and help 5,000 children in Zambia have sweet dreams?

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To This Fundraiser

$2,171

MONEY RAISED
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  • Hannah and Charlee

    $200

  • Deborah Fagan

    $200

  • Sheila Hunt-Witte

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ross and Linda

    $200

  • Rosalyn Porter

    $200

  • Steve and Maia Zander

    $200

  • Diana Robertson

    $10

  • Luda Ivanov

     

  • Shelley Macewen

    $100

  • Laura and Jay Sanderson

     

  • Suzanne Black

    $25

  • Ann Peikoff

     

  • Jo Ann Singer

     

  • Carcano Family

    $100

  • Leslie Schwartz Sackheim

    $200

  • Yanira Cardenas

    $35

  • Diana Kunin

    $200

  • karen and salli

    $200

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The Team: $2,171 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Lori Peikoff

Amount Raised

$1,971

Fundraiser Title

Diana Kunin

Amount Raised

$200

Donor Comments

karen and salli

karen and salli

DONATION: $200

in loving memory of Lori Peikoff, a true renaissance woman 3 years ago

Diana Kunin

Diana Kunin

DONATION: $200

In loving memory of Lori Peikoff. Lots of love from Diana and Stan Kunin, Lin and Ross Porter and Sandy and WInk Martindale. 3 years ago

Yanira Cardenas

Yanira Cardenas

DONATION: $35

In memory of Lori and a very sweet dream... 3 years ago

Leslie Schwartz Sackheim

Leslie Schwartz Sackheim

DONATION: $200

In memory of Lori Peikoff 3 years ago

Carcano Family

Carcano Family

DONATION: $100

Our time together was way too short, but your impact on me will last a lifetime. I miss yo sweet Lori. 4 years ago

Jo Ann Singer

Jo Ann Singer

In honor of Lori Peikoff- who made the world a better place and spread love and hope. 4 years ago

Ann Peikoff

Ann Peikoff

In loving Memory of Lori , your brave heart and giving spirit will go on forever! 4 years ago

Suzanne Black

Suzanne Black

DONATION: $25

Sweet dreams 4 years ago

Laura and Jay Sanderson

Laura and Jay Sanderson

In Memory of Lori Peikoff, dog whisperer and humanitarian extrarodinaire. 4 years ago

Shelley Macewen

Shelley Macewen

DONATION: $100

In your honor and memory. You were an inspiration to many. 4 years ago