June 2020 Newsletter
We Are All In This Together
“We are in this together” and for us Cancer families, we learned that phrase early on from our child’s cancer diagnosis. You meet new people when you are on the cancer journey who understand what you are going through. As much as the “regular” person wants to understand they just can’t fully grasp the emotional roller coaster you are on. The cancer families lean on each other whether it is through advice, celebrating milestones, or just a shoulder to cry on. Pediatric Cancer doesn’t get to “pause” because our society has been hit with a pandemic! In fact, the Pediatric Cancer Warriors we help need us more now than ever! With parents being laid off, or at home for homeschooling or in so many cases, the parents isolating themselves with their family in hopes to keep their immune compromised child safe. The financial worry is felt from every family we speak with, but the gratitude when we can help pay a bill and the relief felt is priceless. So when people ask what they can do for Griffin’s Guardians, please know, that no donation is too small and we understand maybe financially you are feeling uncertain with the future. We are hopeful, come August, when many of our big events will take place, we ask you to help us rally and support these events, in attendance, by spreading the word about the event, sponsoring the event or even donating to our raffle baskets because “we are all in this together”!
Liana from Cicero Elementary
Change For Hope
The Change for Hope Campaign was more successful in its inaugural year than we could ever have imagined! With 17 local schools participating we raised $18,338.07. That is an incredible amount and it will certainly make an impact on the families Griffin’s Guardians helps that are battling pediatric cancer and being treated at Upstate Golisano Hospital.
We would like to thank all of the local teachers that became “Guardians” at their school. Each and every one of you made this campaign the success it was.
Every school ran the campaign differently, whether it was a collection during lunchtime, using it as a math lesson or as a competition between grade levels. Several students went above and beyond by collecting bottles and cans, while others painted and sold kindness rocks.
Each jug wasn’t just filled with change and dollar bills, it was filled with kindness, compassion, generosity and especially HOPE. Adding the role of a Griffin’s “Guardian” along with your other daily obligations was quite an undertaking and your hard work and efforts surely didn’t go unnoticed.
Love Your Melon
Griffin's Guardians was selected by Love your Melon to receive these amazing facemasks to provide to our families and staff at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
Brighten Your Day
We are continuing to send out our "To Brighten your day" arrangements to our families!
Our Buddies Ryan and Jackson are enjoying their Edible Arrangements and Chocolate Pizza Factory goodies!!
Father's Day Hat Sale
Father’s Day hat sale through
Check out our newest selection of hats
and make dad happy this year!
The proceeds from this sale will Fund EVERett's Lasting Memory, a program created by Griffin's younger brother.
Through EVERett's Lasting Memory & a friendship with Katrina Lynn StoryOgraphy we will capture the beauty of local families treating at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospitalwith a child with Pediatric Cancer. Simply, "because every picture tells a story"!
Go to “Griffins Gear” on the GG website:
Thank you to all of Team Griffin for Rocking the
Bald for the St Baldricks,Kitty Hoynes virtual event!
We are honored to announce that between
Team Griffin's funds raised and a donation
from Griffin's Guardians directly we donated $22,000 to St Baldricks!
We are fighting for a cure together!
Picture of Kevin Toms, Cicero NY
August 3rd: Griffin's Guardians Golf Tourney,
Lakeshore 1860, Cicero
August 5th: 6th Annual "Kicking Cancer in the Nets" Soccer, Clay Park Central
September 13: 43rd Annual Utica Boilermaker
September 19th: 6th Annual Gold Tie Gala, Marriott Downtown Syracuse
to learn more about each event
If you are interested in volunteering at one of our upcoming events please reach out to
Amy Kirk: firstname.lastname@example.org
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