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Erica Sokol's Fundraiser:

StudentsCare Holiday Giving Challenge 2016

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Erica Sokol

THE STORY:

MY STORY...

I started StudentsCare because I wanted to create an opportunity for college students around the country to volunteer in a way that impacts both children battling serious illness and college students. My first volunteer experience was at Shands Children's Hospital in Gainesville, Florida when I was an undergraduate at University of Florida. I was looking for a volunteer experience to prepare me for a career in healthcare, and I found it in working with pediatric oncology patients. As I got to know their stories, the children I served became my “little heroes." Many of them passed away from cancer at a young age, but I treasure their memories, and StudentsCare exists today because of them. My heroes motivate me to live with the resilience, courage, and kindness that I saw them model every day. I believe that if more aspiring healthcare professionals experience meaningful volunteer opportunities like I did, they will develop the empathy needed to care for all patients with grace and understanding.  

ABOUT STUDENTSCARE...

Did you know that just this year, 40,000 will be treated for cancer in the U.S? That's 40,000 children who will undergo long hospital stays and brutal treamtments.

The effects of long-term illness on children are far from just physical. While many people are aware of the ravaging physical toll long-term illnesses take on the body, there are very few interventions that specifically address the psychological and emotional effects. The American Psychological Association found that children battling long-term illnesses, like cancer, also face long-term social, emotional, and behavioral challenges as a result.

Matching children battling long-term illness with a buddy through our Hospital Buddy program helps children know they are not alone in their fight.

Our student Hospital Buddies commit to spending a minimum of 3 hours a week with children in long-term hospital care. Buddies assemble care kits with items that bring children comfort. They create personalized photo books so families can commemorate special events, even in the hospital. They create decorative door signs that help normalize the hospital environment for children. They celebrate birthdays, end-of-chemo parties, and holidays.

Hospital Buddies’ presence brings cheer to young patients and helps offer children a temporary reprieve from the physical and emotional demands of hospitalization.   

So far, 75 StudentsCare volunteers have provided support to over 800 patients and families, totaling over 20,000 volunteer hours. Additionally, 530 students are currently on the waiting list to become volunteers.

By giving this holiday season, you can help us reach our $25,000 goal so we can get these students off the waitlist and into hospitals where their support is needed most. 

Give $15 to bring a smile to a child in the hospital

Each dollar brings more smiles to kids when they need it most!

Give $50 to train a buddy for a child

$50 helps cover the costs of training and support for our student-volunteers.

Give $100 to help a child celebrate "End-of-Chemo" in style

$100 gives a child a party they will remember forever!

Together, we can improve the hospital experience for kids. 

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$4,063

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sheri Schultz

    $36

  • Chelsea Morgan

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Ricki Carroll

     

  • Gaga and {a

    $250

  • Ruth and Phil Davidson

    $100

  • Mr & Mrs Marc Finer

    $100

  • Josh F

    $25

  • Eve

     

  • Ramo Family

    $250

  • The Goldbergs

    $36

  • Ellen Arian

    $100

  • Mindy & Mark Kurkin

     

  • Brad & Lauren Sokol

     

  • Hal Morley

     

  • Ali & Gabe Mendoza

     

  • Scott Carroll

     

  • Rachel & Adam Barrett

     

  • Cathy & Henry Block

     

  • Scott Lazarus

     

  • Mari & Gabriel Mendoza

     

  • Lisa & Lee Goldstein

     

  • Bobbi Winkleman

     

  • Michelle Cravez

     

  • Jill Zemel

     

  • Erin Wilson

     

  • Keith Dvorchik

     

  • Alexa Abrams

     

  • Shira Notrika

     

  • Jesse Kornbluth

     

  • Nora Graham

     

  • Cathy Stein

     

  • Danielle Gach

     

  • Pamela Wilson

     

  • Allison Bernstein

     

  • Ron and Diane Carroll

    $100

  • Jennifer Ginsberg

     

  • Dori Spector

     

  • Christy Harry

     

  • Alexandra Mendoza Tipaldi

     

  • Kelly Mendoza

     

  • Ryan Andrews

     

  • Libby Finer

     

  • Angelique Boutzoukas

     

  • Alex Plattner

     

  • Lizette Weingard

     

  • Christie Atchison

     

  • Lori and Ralph Bejar

     

  • Marcie Sanchez

     

  • Ashley Endres

     

  • Alyssa Sciavicco Harris

     

  • Tracy Gervais

     

  • Dina Markowski

     

  • Brittany Steiner

     

  • Joel Bejar & Landis Block

     

  • Andrew Sacks

     

  • Beth Carroll

     

  • Kate Arian

    $18

  • Ron and Dana Watson

    $100

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163% Raised of $2,500 Goal

The Team: $8,503 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Erica Sokol

Amount Raised

$4,063

 

163% Raised of $2,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tiffany Clausen

Amount Raised

$805

 

81% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Lexi Cook

Amount Raised

$550

 

110% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kelly Tillman

Amount Raised

$525

 

75% Raised of $700 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Meghan Bonfield

Amount Raised

$495

 

99% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tami Robinson

Amount Raised

$450

 

30% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Erica Bolz

Amount Raised

$235

 

47% Raised of $500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jazzmin Johnson

Amount Raised

$210

 

21% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Ron and Dana Watson

Ron and Dana Watson

DONATION: $100

On behalf of Dylan Watson, have an awesome, cool and funny day! 2 years ago

Kate Arian

Kate Arian

DONATION: $18

Go Erica! 2 years ago

Brittany Steiner

Brittany Steiner

2 years ago

Joel Bejar & Landis Block

Joel Bejar & Landis Block

2 years ago

Andrew Sacks

Andrew Sacks

2 years ago

Beth Carroll

Beth Carroll

2 years ago

Dina Markowski

Dina Markowski

2 years ago

Tracy Gervais

Tracy Gervais

2 years ago

Alyssa Sciavicco Harris

Alyssa Sciavicco Harris

2 years ago

Ashley Endres

Ashley Endres

2 years ago