BENEFITING: BEADS OF COURAGE
EVENT DATE: Sep 30, 2012
On May 15th, 2009 at the age of five, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. While trying to cope with childhood cancer, I was introduced to a program called Beads of Courage at Children’s of Alabama. Beads of Courage helped me cope with the difficulties of having cancer. I received a bead for various steps in my journey like having chemotherapy treatments, radiation treatments, staying overnight in the hospital, MRI/CT scans, blood and platelet infusions, losing my hair, and other special beads for overcoming my fears. These beads are my story of my battle and victory over cancer.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I have founded a fundraiser called Sydney’s Coins for Courage to help other children cope with cancer just as I did. In September 2011, Sydney's Coins for Courage raised $4,379 and my goal was only $2,500. That money was used to start a new Beads of Courage sibling program at Children's of Alabama to help patients brothers and sisters cope with their illnesses. This year, my goal is $7,500. This money will be used to start a program to help mothers as well as help support children battling cancer at Children's of Alabama through Beads of Courage. I hope to inspire children to be brave, strong, and faithful just as I was during this difficult time in their life.
There are three ways to donate to my fundraiser. You can make online donations on this website until 09/30/2012, you can visit one of the businesses listed below until 09/30/2012 to deposit loose coins, paper money, or checks maded payable to Beads of Courage, or you can attend one of my Childhood Cancer Awareness events planned in Athens, AL. during the month of September. All donations are tax-deductible and will be used to encourage children battling cancer in Alabama! Even a $10.00 online donation can make a difference in another child's life.
On May 15th, 2012 at the age of eight, I stood cancer-free for two years! Help me celebrate life from cancer and while helping to encourage others in the battle against cancer at Children's of Alabama by donating to my fundraiser!
To deposit loose coins, paper money, or checks payable to Beads of Courage, please visit these businesses before 09/30/2012:
Lin-Z-Dru's Monogramming at 14536 E. Limestone Rd., Harvest, AL.
Pimento's at 210 W. Market St., Athens, AL.
Preston's Western Wear at 1703 US Hwy 72 E, Athens, AL.
Suzanne's Bakery at 1207 E. Forrest St., Athens, AL.
U.G. White's Mercantile at 101 North Jefferson St., Athens, AL.
To learn more about Sydney's Coins for Courage and events scheduled for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Athens, AL., you can follow Sydney's Coins for Courage on Facebook at: facebook.com/SydneysCoinsForCourage
To learn more about me, my journey, and my hope to encourage other children, you can also visit me at: caringbridge.org/visit/sydneynewton
There is also a video to the left that explains what Beads of Courage is about. This video was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and features a picture of Sydney with the founder of Beads of Courage, Jean Baruch, at the 2:09 mark.
Thank for your support!
Miss Sydney Newton
1 Corinthians 16:13