I wanted to take moment of your time to tell you how impressed I was at the event on Sunday. This was my first experience with the "Kids Cancer Buzz-Off" and I'm happy to tell you that it won't be the last! You and your staff made the experience so warm and welcoming that I, along with my wife who came as my guest left Foxboro feeling extremely proud that we were able to do our little part to help these poor children and their families. I can't imagine how much time and effort goes into a project this this but with the results you shared with the crowd, you must be very proud...as you should be. You and your husband are clearly extraordinary people.
I wanted to write now that this amazing experience is over and tell you what drew me to One Mission and your group – I think it’s important but I didn’t want to share it before I joined or participated because I wanted to see how things had changed over time.
One day my daughter Brittany and I were driving home and listening to WBZ radio – I make her sometimes for the weather and traffic! And we heard about the Buzz-off. Brittany asked me what cancer was and why kids were sick. She is 8 and I thought she was old enough to understand so we visited the One Mission website.
The only thing my daughter said was – “Daddy, you have to help these kids, you always make kids feel better and you have to do this – I’ll help you.” And she did. Together with my neighbor (DiAntonio Dads - the name of our street – we raised $1,000 – not a lot but a respectable amount for our first year).
As I was getting my hair buzzed off my daughter just stared at me and smiled and as soon as it was done – she ran up to me and hugged me and gave me a huge kiss and said “Daddy – I am so proud of you – I love you.” And I said “WE did it – you encouraged me to do this and WE did it together.” And she hugged me tight and said “I love you and I hope we helped some kids and their families.” And I smiled at her and said … I think we did honey, I think we did… I know we did.”
When my mother was growing up she had a sister who died at the age of 3 and it tore her family apart. My mother is 70 and there wasn’t much at all that they could do. My mother told me how her sister cried and even then said “mommy don’t let me die.” And her family spent all they had. For more than a year my mother and her sister were sent away because they couldn’t afford to stay with their mother and the pain it caused her mother (my grandmother) was so intense. My grandmother got rid of all the pictures of my aunt Janet because she couldn’t stand the pain.
When my grandfather died I found pictures hidden in his tool boxes and cards … he never forgot about his daughter Janet and I hope what BOTH me and my daughter Brittany did helps so that people and their families are never torn apart like that again.
Thank you Ashley for creating a group that not only helps find a cure BUT ALSO REMEMBERS TO HELP FAMILIES BE THERE FOR THEIR CHILDREN.
Craig & Brittany Silverman
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I would like to thank you for doing such a great thing for the kids at Children’s Hospital. As a teen I was in there for 4 weeks and they basically saved my life. But I am sure you hear stories like that all the time. Finding a way to support the kids and the hospital must be easy, but doing it so well takes a commitment that goes above and beyond.
My two children that went to the event had a great time too. They, at a young age, are being taught to give back to the community and to help others where and whenever they can.
Thanks again for letting me be part of your event, and as Ari said, I will bring a friend or two next year so keep me posted on the next years even bigger event.
Have a great summer.
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We are so proud to be part of One Mission and the amazing things that you do to help families in such difficult times. It is my personal and professional pleasure to help and be part of such a huge success this year. We better start talking about what we'll do next year to top it and keep it growing strong!
Of all the charities and events we've aligned with as an organization, I can honestly tell you that none have come close to the level of participation and passion.
SVP, Director Of Account Management
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