Another Idea From Zoe’s Corner

This weekend, September 7-9, over 500 Old Navy stores will be participating in a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a fantastic organization that began as one little girl with neuroblastoma raising money for cancer research and has since exploded into a huge contributor in the fight against childhood cancer.  Some of the stores will be hosting their own lemonade stands and some will be selling paper lemons to raise money for children with cancer.

What a fantastic and easy way to make a difference in the life of a child battling cancer!  And what better time to do it than during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?!

So, if you are out and about this weekend, please stop by your local Old Navy to grab a cup of lemonade or a paper lemon in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand!  Every little contribution makes a huge difference!

One More Extra Feature: Prayers for Joshua


In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we have one more extra feature: Joshua Webb!  Joshua is an 11-year-old boy who is actively involved in the boy scouts and enjoys doing all the things that most 11-year-old boys enjoy.

Earlier this year, doctors found a tumor the size of an orange growing between Joshua’s ribs and lungs and diagnosed him with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.   He began chemotherapy and radiation in April and continues to fight the cancer head on.  Next week, on October 6, Joshua will be having surgery to remove the tumor and two floating ribs on the left side of his body.

Please take the time to pray for Joshua and his family as they prepare for the surgery and as they deal with the recovery process.  You can learn more about Joshua and his progress by liking his Facebook Page and by visiting his CaringBridge Page.  Joshua is also one of our Operation Smile children so you can send him a card to encourage him during this time!

Help us keep spreading the word about Joshua and all of our feature kids!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at or on our Facebook page**

This Week’s Feature: Rainbows for Rachel!

Beautiful Rachel

In February, 8 year-old Rachel Gambrill was diagnosed with a very rare form of brain cancer known as Anaplastic Ganglioglioma.  Since that time, she has already survived 3 major brain surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.  Through it all, her doctors continue to be astounded by how she rallies back after every major treatment/surgery and how she maintains her happy and caring spirit, even taking the time to help organize a walk for the cure!

This Friday, Rachel will be going back into the hospital for yet another major surgery to remove more of the tumor on her brain.  The possible side effects of this surgery are very serious, but Rachel has proven time and again that she has no intention of giving into this cancer without a fight!  She truly is an inspiration and such an amazing young lady!

Please say a prayer for precious Rachel and her mother as they continue to battle, and take the time to share her story with others!  You can follow Rachel’s progress on her Facebook Page and you can learn more on her website,  Rachel is also one of our Operation Smile kids and she would love to receive a card from you as she recovers from the surgery!

Help us keep spreading the word about Rachel and all of our feature kids!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at or on our Facebook page**

Another Idea From Zoe’s Corner

All it takes is ONE SPARK!

If you are on Facebook, this post is directed to you!  

One Spark Can Start a Fire is a non-profit group from Kansas that offers numerous programs to help others in need.  Some of these programs include Santa’s Workshop (gives Christmas gifts to thousands of families), Covers for Cancer (provides blankets to children with cancer), Warm Hearts (provides warm clothes, sleeping gear and warm meals to the homeless during cold weather), and many more.

Please take the time to go to the One Spark Can Start a Fire Facebook Page and ‘like’ it.  For every new ‘like’ they receive through this Tuesday, September 27th, they will donate $2 to Childhood Cancer Research! They will also continue to donate $1 for every new ‘like’ between September 28th and October 23rd!

All it takes is a few seconds and you will be helping children fight the fight against cancer until a cure is found!  What an easy way to help an amazing cause while also promoting another fantastic foundation!

Please share this information with others so we can all do our part to help find a cure!  The more who know, the more money we can help raise!

**If you know of a free/inexpensive/easy way to help others or a specific charity, please let us know so we can tell others!  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help!**

An Extra Feature: Fight Back For Cole!


Here’s our extra feature for this week, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Fight Back for Cole!

11-year-old Colton Brandenburg (“Cole”) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in December of 2007, miraculously went into remission in January of 2008.  In August of 2010, Cole relapsed and has had a constant fight with ALL since that time.  He has had several surgeries, brutal chemotherapy treatments and numerous complications due to also being diagnosed with Pseudo Tumor Cerebri (pressure buildup in the spinal cord).  He has also lost most of his peripheral vision and the doctors are unsure as to whether or not that will be reversible.

Amazingly, through it all, Cole has managed to remain positive and caring, even taking the time to organize events to help others that are in need.  Last year, Cole collected 241 coats for his local Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids drive – the largest collection they had ever had – and he also collected hundreds of books for children in the hospital!  This year, while still undergoing treatment himself, he ran a Relay for Life and is currently planning a Christmas Toy Drive for other children fighting cancer in local hospitals!

To say he is an inspiration is an understatement.  He always maintains a great attitude and adorable sense of humor.  He even wants to be a Flight For Life helicopter pilot when he grows up.  Simply amazing!

Right now, Cole is in the hospital fighting off fever and infection and receiving blood and platelet transfusions, due to his weak immune system.  This is never an easy time for any child or family and Cole and his parents could use extra prayers and happy thoughts right now!

Please take the time to visit Cole’s Facebook Page and his websites, Fight Back for Cole and CaringBridge, to learn more about Cole and his progress and to see how you can help with Cole’s charitable work.  You can also find Cole’s address on our Operation Smile list if you would like to send him a card or gift!

Help us keep spreading the word about Cole and all of our feature kids!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at or on our Facebook page**

Zoe’s Corner: Help Sick Children Just By Dining Out

How many of you will be hungry next Monday, September 26th?  Will you be going out to eat for lunch or dinner?  If so, think about heading over to your neighborhood Chili’s.  On “The Big Day” Chili’s will be donating all of their profits from that business day to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  What a fantastic way to enjoy some good food while helping a great charitable institution!

You can also go online at any time and make a personal donation or create your own chili pepper and pass it on to encourage others to donate.  Chili’s will even reward you for the donations you earn! Here’s an example of what your donations (and Chili’s donations) go toward:

So, if you will be dining out on Monday, go to Chili’s – you get fed; children get lifesaving help!  It’s a win-win situation!  And, don’t forget to share this information with others so we can maximize the donation!

**If you know of an easy, free/inexpensive way to help a charity, please let us know at; together, we can all do our part to help others**

This Week’s Feature: Rose’s Warriors

Sweet Rose

This week’s feature is 6-year-old Rose!  In September of 2010, little Rose was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  She has already been through months of steroid treatments to shrink the tumor and continues to fight daily to overcome the symptoms caused by the tumor.  Most recently, she has been battling seizures due to high fevers.

Through everything, she has remained cheerful and strong and even took the time to make cards for other children with Cancer.  What a sweet, inspirational girl!

Right now, Rose and her family could use some extra thoughts and prayers as they continue to fight this tumor.  Please take the time to visit their Facebook Page and to send a card to Rose (her address can be found on our Operation Smile list under Rose’s Warriors) to cheer her up on the hard days.

Let’s keep spreading the word about Rose and all of our feature children in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at or on our Facebook page**

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