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Archive for October, 2010

DVDs Delivered!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Back in June we got a tour of the new pediatric-oncology unit at The Cleveland Clinic.  We found the rooms to be bright, fairly spacious and clean, and noticed that each was equipped with a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and DVD player.

But the nurses identified a small problem for us. The patients were asking if there were any DVDs for them to borrow.

So we decided to try to help them get a library started, and asked you to join us by donating any child- or teen-appropriate DVDs that you no longer wanted.

You came through — and then some.

On Tuesday, October 5, we delivered more than 200 DVDs to the unit (see picture above).  Now they’ve got everything from Blue’s Clues to The Pink Panther.  (And, of course, no DVD library is complete without at least four pristine, scratch-free copies of Elmo in Grouchland, Carter’s favorite.)

Special thanks go to Menorah Park and to Melissa Altman at FUNdamentals for their help collecting so many of the donations.

We’re still collecting DVDs, so if you have any that you’d like to donate please e-mail us.  We’d be happy to collect them from you, and to take them over on our next trip.

Light the Night

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

On Saturday, October 2, Carter’s Crew joined hundreds of Greater Clevelanders at Progressive Field for Light the Night, the annual fundraising walk organized by the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS).  Numerous Light the Night walks are held during the fall by LLS chapters across the United States and Canada to raise funds for the research and patient services provided by the Society.

The event included a memorial service, plenty of food and music, inspirational speakers, and, for Carter’s Crew, a team picture (see below)!   Walkers received balloons with battery-powered lights, also, and were asked to illuminate them before the start of the walk down Ontario Street.  Seeing all those lights in the air must truly have been a touching sign of support for those battling this terrible affliction.  For us, it was a wonderful remembrance for what we lost to it.

Carter's Crew at Light the Night!

According to the LLS, the event raised more than $256,000.

Thanks to Grandma Karlene and to the Anderson, Burdecki, and Sorenson families for  joining us on that cold, rainy evening.  And thanks to everyone who made a contribution to help us exceed our team goal of $1,500 (we raised $1,800).   We hope that you’ll all consider joining us next year.