Paul Davis: Child Cancer Telethon

Once again, Paul Davis is partnering with WOKV for the Care-A-Thon held at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville. All proceeds go to benefit the Child Cancer Fund.

This year, due to the pandemic, the Child Cancer Fund Careathon 2020 will be reformatted. It’s going to be a week-long campaign across Cox Media Group’s 8 radio stations.

A small remote phone bank will be operating to kick off the event, Monday 7/13 only, for half a day. This will be operated primarily by the CCF Board of Directors and staff. Paul Davis will have 3 volunteers accepting phone calls from 7am to noon Eastern.

The BIGGEST Need is virtual help! We hope you will tune in and share posts with your networks throughout the week on email and social media.

In addition to the phone bank Monday morning (5am to noon), there will be an online auction running from July 13th to 18th (ending at noon) at www.careathon20.givesmart.com. A preview of the online auction items will start July 10 at 5:00pm.

The Child Cancer Fund has not been able to hold a fundraising event yet in 2020 —  let’s work together to make this one a huge success.

CertaPro: Kids Comfort For Cancer Event Honors the Legacy of a Friend to Many

Traci DiStefano

Traci DiStefano was known to many as a real-life Wonder Woman

Traci DiStefano was a force of nature. A friend to many, her smile would light up a room. Wherever Traci went, fun and laughter followed. Traci was known for her contagiously positive spirit, love of life and was described by many as a true “wonder woman.” She had an expansive group of friends, many of whom she had known most of her life, who ranged from peers her own age to the children of her friends.

When Traci was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, her network of friends and family — “Traci’s Tribe” as she called them – rallied around her to help. She approached her treatments with optimism and her characteristic ability to see the beauty in life, even during the toughest times.

When Traci tragically lost her battle in 2019, she left a huge void in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Traci’s Tribe wanted honor her memory in a way that would be meaningful to her. Because of the excellent care Traci received at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, the Tribe decided to host a fundraiser to benefit the cancer center. The Kids Comfort for Cancer event would be a way to thank them for caring for Traci, and also to help others facing treatment.

A special fundraising committee

Committee members

Committee Members Casey Stone (left) and Ava Cohen.

A committee of eight was formed to begin making plans for their inaugural event. What made this committee unique is that it was comprised of four adults and four young teens, who shared equally in the responsibility for making sure all details were covered. The event co-chair was 14 year-old Casey Stone, daughter of CertaPro CEO Mike Stone.

Traci was one of Casey’s mother Kim’s dearest friends, and Traci was like an aunt to Casey. Although Casey has always demonstrated a caring for others, having held fundraisers for various causes for more than half her life, this event was even more special. Casey wanted to honor her friend’s legacy in the best possible way, creating an event that brought families together to celebrate Traci’s life and inspiring other kids to get involved in meaningful causes.

 

A family friendly event with activities for all ages

The event was held on the anniversary of Traci’s passing, at CertaPro’s new corporate headquarters in Audubon, PA. To keep with the family-friendly theme, event organizers planned a wide range of interactive activities such as corn hole, balloon art, a kids’ arts and crafts area, photo booth, ping pong, face painting and much more.

sponsor banner

The committee garnered financial support from many local business

Leading up to the event, committee members hand made bracelets and colorful cancer awareness ribbons and assembled baskets to sell at the event. Attendees got to choose which cancer they wanted to represent at the event, making it even more meaningful to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. The committee also worked with local retailers, restaurants and service providers to donate items to be used for the raffle and silent auction. Cav’s Philly Tailgates generously donated all food and service staff for the event.

Special event speakers included an oncologist from Fox Chase and two cancer survivors whose shared their personal experiences. The committee set a fundraising goal of $15K, and when all was said and done, the event raised more than $50K. In addition to promoting the event on the Social Purpose event calendar, Casey was invited by local media to appear on news shows to raise awareness of the event, which she did with poise and grace.

When we spoke to Casey, she shared details of the important life skills she acquired through this process – time management, prioritization, agenda creation, goal setting, communication, public speaking and teamwork. She even deployed a post-survey to event attendees to determine what they liked best about the event and if there were any suggestions for the future.

When asked about her favorite memory of Traci, Casey shared a special moment. The Christmas Eve before Traci’s passing, Casey and her friends organized a group of 25 carolers for a surprise visit to Traci’s house where they sang some of her favorite carols. She was shocked and happy to see them, and overwhelmed by their kindness. It was another cherished memory of Traci that will live in their hearts forever.

Finding your Social Purpose can happen at any age, and getting kids involved is a great way to set them on a path of charitable service to others.

CertaPro: Join Us to Raise Funds for Kids Comfort for Cancer

Please join us for a fun, family night of great food, spirits, raffles, games, silent auctions, and DJ. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the patients of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Tickets are $45 for adults or $80 per couple and $20 for children.

100% of the proceeds of sponsorship contributions and other donations will go directly to the brave patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center in loving memory of Traci DiStefano. For more information, please visit tracistribe.org.

 

California Closets: Supporting the Critical Work of the National Brain Tumor Society while Honoring One of Their Own

On a brilliant, sunny morning in Phoenix, thousands turned out to join the fight against brain tumors at the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk. Nearly 70,000 Americans are living with a brain tumor today, and the National Brain Tumor Society is working tirelessly to influence and fund research and groundbreaking discoveries and programs.

The Phoenix event was special to the team at California Closets, as one of their beloved design consultants has been receiving treatment for a brain tumor since August. David Slivinski was diagnosed just days after his 40th birthday. David, who joined his colleagues at the Walk, was met with a special message at the finish line where he saw a sign created by the National Brain Tumor Society that read, “In Honor of David Slivinski.”

David continues to inspire all of us who have read his story or followed his blog with his positive attitude and appreciation of all the good things in life.  

California Closets: Phoenix Team to Walk in Honor of One of their Own

On December 7, members of California Closets Phoenix will be participating in the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk to honor one of their own, designer David Slivinski.

David was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year. It came as a shock to the entire team, David included, and they wanted to do something as a team that would support him, as well as others dealing with a similar diagnosis.

The National Brain Tumor Society presents the 2019 Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk as an opportunity for individuals and teams to support, honor, and remember loved ones, as well as connect with other supporters to raise awareness for the disease that affects more than 700,000 Americans annually.

To date, 12 California Closets Phoenix team members have registered for this 5K, with a minimum team fundraising goal of $1,000.

The event will be held behind Memorial Hall at the National Brain Tumor Society, 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

If anyone in the Phoenix area is interested in joining the California Closets Phoenix team in this wonderful event, or if you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please click here

Thank you to the entire California Closets Phoenix team for supporting their team member in this way.  We encourage all who can to join and support this worthy cause.

American Pool: We’re Selling Warm Love Your Melon Hats to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer

We are glad to announce a new partnership with an  amazing organization, Love Your Melon, whose mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer.

Love Your Melon gives 50% of the profits from all sales to their nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. These partners work in the fields of pediatric oncology, fund cancer research initiatives and provide immediate support for the families of children battling cancer.

To date, Love Your Melon has given over 3.8 million dollars to their partners and over 123,000 hats to children battling cancer. If that’s not a large enough showing of support and unity, Love Your Melon prides itself that all the beanies are made here in the USA.

With all the good that surrounds this company, American Pool is proud to be a part of their cause. American Pool has recently co-branded with Love Your Melon in an effort to bring more attention to this great cause. In addition to the proceeds that will be given, American Pool has made a commitment to provide a beanie to a local child in need for every co-branded hat we sell.

You can visit Love Your Melon’s website at www.loveyourmelon.com to find out more about their mission and other products.

If you are interested in helping us by purchasing one of our fashionable hats for this great cause please send an email to LYM@americanpool.com. Hats are $30 and for every hat purchased, we are matching with another hat that we are donating to a child in need.

FirstService Relief Fund: Providing Critical Financial Support During Brain Cancer Treatment

After spending 15 years working as an interior designer in New York City, David Slivinski needed a change. Having recently lost his mother, he was ready for a fresh start in a new city. He chose Phoenix for its warm weather and active lifestyle and was thrilled to join California Closets as a design consultant, the perfect role for him given his interior design background and genuine desire to help others.

Barrow Neurological Institute

David has been receiving treatment by a team of world-class doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ

In July he purchased a home, deepening his ties to his new community. When he chose his home, its proximity to the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute wasn’t a consideration. And he had no way of knowing how significant this location would soon become for him.

Milestone birthday celebration takes shocking turn

David turned 40 at the end of July and celebrated the milestone birthday during a trip to see friends in Seattle. He had just enjoyed a birthday dinner when suddenly he became violently ill and began having seizures.

Forty eight hours later he awoke in a hospital to stunning news – doctors suspected he had a brain tumor. A biopsy soon confirmed the diagnosis and his medical team began to discuss treatment options with him.

David’s tumor is called an Oligodendroglioma, and it occupies three sections of his brain. Due to its large size, surgery is not an option. Instead, doctors prescribed an aggressive course of radiation and chemotherapy in an effort to keep the tumor from growing.

David began his treatment at Barrow — less than a mile from his home. Because of his recent history of seizures, he is no longer able to drive so he often walks to the hospital for treatment – to the amazement of medical staff. David believes keeping fit and strong – physically and mentally – will be key to his ability to fight this disease. In addition to the radiation and chemotherapy treatments he’s receiving, David incorporates yoga, acupuncture and follows a nutrient-rich diet comprised of foods widely believed to fight cancer.

On the last day of radiation treatment, patients ring the bell three times

To commemorate their last day of radiation treatment, patients at Barrow ring the bell three times

He recently received some incredible news, the tumor had shrunk! This is a development even his doctors deemed highly unlikely. In fact, in their eyes, simply stopping the growth of the tumor would be a victory, so this discovery was something to celebrate.

No day but today

Throughout his journey, David has maintained a positive and spiritual outlook, “If we are going through something in life, it’s because we are strong enough to get through it. We become better people through the events that shape our lives.” His mantra is “No Day But Today,” which fans of the musical Rent will recognize, and which is a reminder that every day is a precious gift.

Doctors will continue to closely monitor his tumor, and David hopes to be cleared to begin driving again, so he can return to the job he loves so much.

FirstService Relief Fund helps our people when they need it most

David has shared his story with us in the hopes it will inspire colleagues to learn more about the FirstService Relief Fund. No one ever expects to face a catastrophic health issue, and certainly not at such a young age, but David’s story is a sobering reminder that unforeseen events can happen to any of us at any time. That’s why FirstService established the Relief Fund, to help our people when they need it most.

The grant David received from the Relief Fund was badly needed to help pay medical bills, and in his words, was necessary for survival.

“My cancer has been a blessing that has defined my life in a positive way. It has allowed me to see the depth of the human heart and the love people have even for complete strangers,” says David. “I am very, very grateful for the support of my colleagues at California Closets, and to all who have donated to the FirstService Relief Fund. Your support has made a huge difference for me, and I cannot thank you enough.”

To learn more about the FirstService Relief Fund, please visit firstservicerelief.com. 100% of money donated goes directly to help our people in need. We hope you consider setting up a recurring payroll donation. Even just $1 per pay period can make a difference.

Participants at the Brain Cancer Walk

Participants at the Brain Cancer 5K Walk

David’s colleagues in Phoenix are joining together for the Phoenix Brain Tumor Walk on December 7, 2019. If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in joining the California Closets Phoenix team in this wonderful event, or if you would like to support this worthy cause, please click here.

Read about David’s inspirational journey on his blog, www.davidslivinski.com.

Paul Davis: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk is a 5K walk organized by the American Cancer Society.

CertaPro: Join Us at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light The Night Fundraising Event

Join us for an evening to raise awareness and support research in fighting blood cancers. Please join our team or consider making a donation to this important cause.

For more information, https://pages.lls.org/ltn/sc/Charlstn19/JUczen

CertaPro: Join Us at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraising Hockey Game

Join the SC Stingrays on October 19, 2019. The Stingrays will be playing Jacksonville Icemen. Every ticket purchased has $5 going back to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Tickets are $20, with $5 going to LLS!