Archive for November, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

One of our heroes, her hands full of crayons and sippy cup, peruses the collection of coloring books.

A few weeks ago, we asked our friends at The Cleveland Clinic if there was anything we could do for the patients and families of the pediatric-oncology inpatient unit to show them they wouldn’t be forgotten on Thanksgiving Day.  They asked if we could provide some cold sandwiches for lunch.

So we made a few calls, and quickly collected some deli trays, potato chips, and soft drinks from three generous local businesses.  Lisa and a friend also prepared some delicious homemade desserts, and another friend sent us a big box full of new packs of crayons and coloring books for the kids.

We delivered everything to the unit on Thanksgiving Day, and spent a few pleasant hours with the patients and their families, as well the Clinic staff on duty.

Thanks to Alesci’s and to DiBella’s in Mentor for donating the sandwich trays, and to the Great Lakes Mall Giant Eagle for providing the soft drinks and potato chips.  Special thanks, also, to Chris Ross for preparing one of the desserts, and to Ilene Besso for donating the crayons and coloring books.  Finally, thanks to Kristin Jones, Administrator for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at the Clinic, for her help coordinating and staffing the event.

Best wishes from all of us at The Carter Nedley Foundation for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Update on “DVDs Delivered!”

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Recently we received a touching note from The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital thanking us for the DVDs we delivered last month:

“We wanted to take the time to thank you for your most generous donation of DVDs for the Hematology/Oncology floor.  The need for movies on that unit has been great, and your donation of DVDs will most definitely provide great distraction and smiles to many kids’ faces as they are admitted for treatment.  Thank you so much, and we hope all continues to go well with your foundation.”

We wanted to take the time to again thank each of you who donated one or more DVDs for us to deliver in Carter’s name.  This note really belongs to you.

“Got Swabbed?”

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Last year we held a pair of bone-marrow drives, from which we registered nearly two hundred potential donors for the National Marrow Donor Program.  Since then we’ve heard from a handful of you who were contacted by the NMDP as possible matches.  Your willingness to help save a life is inspirational, and strengthens our resolve to register as many potential donors as we can.

We’re back at it this year, but we’ve got some help.  We’re joining Hillel at Ohio UniversityLet My People Know, and the Ohio University Jewish Life on Campus Alumni Association for the “Got Swabbed?” Bone Marrow Drive on Sunday, December 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at The Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood.  We’ll be there all day to help and to promote The Carter Nedley Foundation.

In Hillel, we’ve got quite an accomplished partner.  During an on-campus drive held last year, they registered more than 2,000 potential donors.

If you were unable to register at one of our drives last year, we hope you’ll consider coming to “Get Swabbed?” to join the registry.

Click here for a copy of the flyer.  For more information about “Got Swabbed?”, please feel free to contact us or Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Director, Hillel at Ohio University.  For additional information about bone-marrow donation, please visit the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.

Halloween Treats!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Trick or treat!

Recently we asked our local Costco if they would partner with us to provide Halloween treats to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.  They quickly obliged, donating seven large bags of candy.

But we still had some work to do.  As you may know, Costco sells everything in bulk, so one bag of candy purchased there will feed about fifteen people.  So Lisa repacked the candy — an assortment of hard candies and chocolates — into one hundred Halloween treat bags she decorated with ribbon and tags with our logo.  She and Grandma Karlene then delivered the treat bags to the Clinic, where they were distributed to the children.

Our thanks to Costco for their generous donation of the candy.  And to the children who continue to inspire us every day with their strength and their courage: We hope this brightened your day.  You’re the reason we do what we do.

Holiday Bake Sale

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Encouraged by the success of our Spring fundraiser, we’re donning our aprons again this holiday season to bring you another delicious array of baked goods!

This time, we’ve arranged three pairings of finely decorated cupcakes and three yummy gift boxes of cookies.  For more information, including photos, descriptions, and pricing, and for secure online purchase, see the Holiday Bake Sale page.

A new feature added to our holiday bake sale: You also may purchase any of our three cookie gift boxes to donate to the patients and families in the pediatric-oncology unit at The Cleveland Clinic. We’ll deliver the cookies to the unit during the week of Christmas.

Orders can be placed, also, through one of our volunteers.

The deadline to place an order is Wednesday, December 1.  All orders should be delivered on or before Saturday, December 18.

Thanks, as always, for your support.