When I reflect back on
2020, it is terrifying to relive those
early days of so much unknown with
COVID. Now imagine having a child
fighting cancer, that has weakened
immune system and a worldwide pandemic
strikes! I have been able to relate in
so many ways to the families we help
and with what they are going through.
In many cases, we have walked the same
halls at the hospital, worked with the
same oncologists, experienced the same
scan anxiety and carried the same fear
of the unknown with us every day. But
one thing I cannot imagine is
experiencing a pandemic that preys on
those with a weakened immune system.
The intense worry for your child with
cancer but also the worry about the
entire family and them bringing the
virus home. It’s a whole new level of
fear I cannot fathom!
knew at GG our support was desperately
needed during this crazy time. We
cannot express the gratitude we feel
towards our loyal supporters. The
cancellation of our biggest annual
events like the Soccer Shoot Out and
our Gold Tie Gala could have crushed
our opportunity to carry out our
mission but the opposite happened. We
were able to continue to help every
family with $1000 of financial support
for bills, we continued our Brighten
your Day gifts, hosted our spa day for
our bereaved moms and captured
beautiful family photos during our
EVERett Lasting Memory photo shoot.
Social Distancing is temporary but
LOVE is permanent. Griffin's Guardians
was built on Love and has carried on
because of that LOVE! Thank you for
sharing your love with us when we
needed you the most! We continue to
all be in this together!
Build-A-Bear February 2020
In February 2020 we hosted our 2nd
Annual Build a Bear event through our
Grace's Sibling Sunshine program. Each
child was given a gift card to
purchase their very own bear &
accessories. It was a day for the
siblings to all be together to make
"The greatest gift our parents ever
gave us was each other"
Inaugural Charity Golf Event 2020
Our Inaugural Charity Golf event took
place in August at Lakeshore 1860 in
Cicero, NY. This was a sold out event
with 144 golfers in attendance,
raising close to $40,000. The golfers
enjoyed the sunshine, the beautifully
maintained golf course, samples from
Three Chord Bourbon and competing in
the putting contest using a hockey
Save the Date for the 2nd annual
event for August 2, 2021 at Lakeshore
Can CRUSH Cancer!
We "Can CRUSH Cancer" bottle and can
drive was inspired by Kevin Toms. He
recognized the financial loss that GG
was going to experience with the
cancellation of our events due to the
Pandemic and wanted to help. The
"bottle and can drive" was held in
September and was a HUGE success
We were so honored to be chosen as a
charity bib holder for the Virtual
Boilermaker Road Race. We created a
"race" at Onondaga park for our 10
runners to run the race together in
September. The 10 runners committed to
raising atleast $500 each in donations
which went directly to GG's mission.
They far exceeded their team goal
raising over $8000!
Bereaved Moms Spa Day
October 2020 we were able to host our
2nd annual Bereaved Moms Spa day at
Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Skaneateles,
NY. We hosted 10 moms who were able to
not only connect with other moms who
"understand" but it also was a day
filled of self care. We were able to
bring a little light into their dark
Everett Lasting Memories
In October, Katrina Lynne StoryOgraphy
was able to safely photograph 5
amazing GG families through our
EVERett Lasting Memories program.
This program was created by Everett
Engle, Griffin's younger brother.
Everett was just 2.5 yrs old when
Griffin passed away so for Everett "a
picture is worth a thousand words".
Through this program we are able to
capture not only the beauty but also
the strength of the entire family!
"Every picture tells a story"
Meet the Ladue family!
“Lights on the Lake”
County Executive, Ryan McMahon and
Galaxy Media “Lights on the Lake”
presented Griffin's Guardians with a
check for $3030! The money raised was
from the Griffin’s Guardians charity
night at "Lights on the Lake's" very
last night of operation!
Soccer Shoot Out- June 2021
TBD Charity Golf Event at Lakeshore
1860 August 2 2021 Gold Tie Gala at Marriot Downtown
Syracuse, September 18, 2021
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