January 10, 2013
Lexiebean is sponsoring a holiday party at Cohen Children's Medical Center. Toy donations would be greatly appreciated!
February 20, 2013
"Stay tuned" for upcoming Lexiepalooza indoor carnival.
Inspiration and Motivation for those touched by cancer
10 WAYS TO GIVE THANKS
Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to celebrate your good fortune and remember others who may need a little help. So in that spirit, here are 10 easy ways that you can help children with cancer and their families.
- Can a Thanksgiving meal in the hospital be a happy occasion for a child? Yes, especially if their families can have Thanksgiving dinner right by their side. Deliver a warm meal to a family spending the holidays in the hospital and help create a Thanksgiving a sick child will always remember.
- Pumpkin pie, apple cookies, gingerbread men: everybody loves baked goods! Celebrate the season of abundance with a bake sale-and donate the proceeds to The Lexiebean Foundation. We'll use that money to help the kids and families who need it!
- If one of your child's classmates is undergoing cancer treatment, ask the teacher if she can have the children create special Thanksgiving cards that they can send to their sick friend. Whether it's a hand-drawn card from little kids or a photo collage from high school pals, nothing makes children feel happier than a letter from their friends
- Are you the crafty type? Have your kids help you make a Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece craft (you can find lots of them on the internet) and deliver them to a pediatric cancer ward. It will brighten up a young child's hospital room and make them feel part of the festivities
- Let's not forget the nurses on the ward either! They do so much for our kids; why not bring a platter of cookies or a bouquet of daisies to say "thanks" to the staff that cares for them
- Invite a family over for a fully cooked meal. If their child is too sick to come, drop off a meal for them to enjoy so Mom, Dad and the kids can relax and enjoy a quiet day at home.
- Did you earn a turkey from your supermarket this year? Families with sick children often suffer financial difficulties brought on by high medical bills. If you earn more than one or don't need it, surprise a family with it so they can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner
- Offer to bake an extra pie or wait in line at the local bakery so a weary parent can avoid the stress and get some rest.
- Sometimes siblings can use a break from the hospital. Invite them for dessert at your house on Thanksgiving night, or ask them to join you for some shopping on Black Friday morning.
- The holidays can be especially hard for families who have lost a child to pediatric cancer. Let them know they aren't forgotten by including their child's siblings in Holiday parties, by making them an ornament for their child's name, or by making a holiday donation to a favorite charity in their child's name.
Whenever our young friend Tanner thought people did something really awesome, he'd give them a high five. So, in his memory, we'd like to give Tanner's High Fives to some truly amazing people who have helped us help the kids and families who need us.
- This past May, Jordyn Leva and with her friends, Isabel and Rachel, walked around Syosset's Stillwell Fields and some other local baseball fields for over four hours selling baked goods. They raised $300 for the Lexiebean Foundation!
- When some staff members at Kramer Lane Elementary heard that the Lexiebean Foundation moved into new offices, they took up a collection and sent a basket of office supplies along with a $200 staples gift card. Kramer Lane was Lexie's school, and now her brother
and sister go there too.
- Nora (age 5) and her mom, Margaret Mark, participated in the Scholastic Fundraiser at Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood. Donations were taken from kids, parents and teachers and matched by Scholastic. Nora helped pick over 90 brand new books to be given to the children we help!
While Lexie was still alive, we started a running team and named it Lexie's Legs. When Lexie became too sick to run, we did the running for her. Now, in Lexie's memory, our Lexie's Legs Running Team has grown and our runners are finding new and innovative ways to raise money for our kids and their families.
That's why we're so pleased to tell you about our Lexie's Legs runner, Dan Wilson. Recently, Dan participated in an "Urban-Athalon" and he also be ran in the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18, 2012. So far, Dan has raised over $200 for these two events!
If you would like to sponsor Dan or one of our other runners, or if you want to join our team, email us at email@example.com with the subject "Lexie's Legs Team".
With Thanksgiving and all of the Holidays soon upon us, it's only natural that we here at The Lexiebean Foundation would start thinking about all of the things we have to be thankful for.
We want to thank everyone who supports us in our mission to help kids struggling with cancer and their families. We are eternally grateful to our donors, our followers, our supporters, our Lexie's Legs running team and our cheerleaders. Even if you just told a few friends about the Foundation or donated pennies from your piggy bank, we thank you. We just couldn't do this important work without you!
We thank our volunteers, who spend countless hours making baskets, taking care of our mailings, managing our website, writing and designing our newsletters & blog, soliciting donations of goods and services and volunteering at our events (so much help goes into making us who we are!).... You are appreciated more than we can ever tell you.
Thanks to all of The Lexiebean Foundation's volunteers!
We are also thankful to the families we help. Thank you for turning to us and allowing us to use our own experiences to make this difficult time a little bit easier for you. Thanks for letting us help you, support you, and be there for you through the highs and lows of your child's cancer diagnosis.
Someday, we hope that childhood cancer will be nothing more than a bad memory. But until that day comes, we are so grateful to be a part of the lives of everyone who needs us.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a year filled with more reasons to feel thankful.
Your Friends at The Lexiebean Foundation
|Hurricane Sandy Hits Home
Six-year-old Steven and his family have had a tough year. Just this summer, he was diagnosed with leukemia and he and his family have had to endure all the pain, fear and economic concerns that come with pediatric cancer.
Just when Steven and his family thought nothing else terrible could happen, Hurricane Sandy struck. Raging floods filled their house with over 3 feet of water, and a large tree fell on the property, destroying a backyard shed.
They lost everything to the storm, including sentimental items like photographs, their kids' artwork, and everything else they had kept from their 3 children since they were born.
Let's get together to help Steven and his family recover from this natural disaster. Here are ways you can help:
- Donate to the Lexiebean Foundation in honor of Steven, and we will give every penny to Steven and his family to help them rebuild. Your tax-deductible donation will show the family that we "Lexiebeaners" are in this together!
- We will make sure the money goes directly to rebuilding the family's home and to things like clothes, furniture, and other essentials
- Are you a contractor or construction worker? Donate your time, skills, or building supplies (sheetrock, insulation, electrical supplies, plumbing) to help this family
- Landscapers and tree removal experts, here's your chance to donate your time and skills to a family that really needs you!
- Contractors and landscapers, contact our volunteer coordinator, Jen Shanahan, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can put your skills to use for us
- While clothes and coats are appreciated, the family has nowhere to store anything, so cash donations are preferred
- Give a donation directly to the family's gofundme account at http://www.gofundme.com/100ll4
Every dollar counts! As little as $1 can help Steven's family rebuild the home they lost. Hopefully, their children can sleep in their own beds and maybe even wake up to a beautiful Christmas tree and presents on Christmas Day.
|In Our Prayers
Gianni, who is just 7 years old, has been diagnosed with leukemia. It's a big disease for a young kid, but we wanted to let Gianni and his family know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
We need YOU
Do you need hours for religious service? Want to get involved, but you're just not sure how? Here are some easy ways to help:
* Donate your credit card reward points to purchase gift cards that help our families
* Help us create care baskets or do administrative tasks
* Organize events
* Come to our event and lend a helping hand
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: email@example.com for more information on how you can get involved.
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