Nicole & JJ via Crowdrise
December 14, 2010
BENEFITING: John Theissen Childrens Foundation
Please Help my Family, Adrienne, Fred, Tyler, Justin, Troy, Hailey, Ava and Jaidyn in supporting their first official Crowdrise Project. My cousin Adrienne was one of the reasons for me joining Crowdrise! She had discussed doing a Mass B-Day Party for her 6 children and in lieu of gifts she was going to have the kids pick charities to donate to! She is a wonderful woman with an amazing family and such an open heart. Until we Get Adrienne to join our Crowdrise Family, this is Her Project! Support the Brown's and their Project: It's a wonderful cause! P.S Did I mention Adrienne had the pleasure of attending school with John!?
Here's the story: from the Foundation site
"In 1992, I founded The John Theissen Children’s Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. When I was 17 years old I was hospitalized for a brain tumor at a local children’s hospital. During my stay, my family and I befriended a seven-year old girl named Tasha. This little girl was in and out of the hospital throughout the year receiving different treatments for her illness. She received very little family support. She was dropped off and then picked up again when it was time to go home without having a visitor. Tasha was very excited about a holiday party sponsored by the hospital staff and was expecting her family to attend. They unfortunately did not. I was still too ill, but my family offered to take her. When Santa asked her what she wanted, Tasha replied, “I would like a teddy bear for friend upstairs.” I felt fortunate to be that friend. Her positive attitude and generous spirit inspired me. When I got out off the hospital I wanted to help children just like Tasha.
In 1992, I held a toy drive during the holidays to benefit children in local hospitals. During the first toy drive I collected over 800 hundred new toys in just two weeks and brought them to three different hospitals. That was the beginning of what has become a year round organization. Since 1992, during our annual toy drive we have distributed new toys to sick and underprivileged children in over 185 hospitals, agencies and child-care facilities. We also donate therapeutic and recreational equipment. In addition, we have been able to grant wishes, help families with medical expenses and more.
I sincerely hope that you can provide us with the support we greatly need. By supporting the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, you can help put smiles on the faces of sick and underprivileged children."