Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Launches Gold Ribbon Campaign

Posted on Aug 27 by SEASONS Magazine

 

Eliana Georges, a 2017 TBCF Little Hero, spoke on behalf of TBCF at the 2017 Gold Ribbon Campaign launch event. Eliana is a vibrant 9 year old who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 4 months and has been a TBCF recipient since 2009. Courtesy photo.

Eliana Georges, a 2017 TBCF Little Hero, spoke on behalf of TBCF at the 2017 Gold Ribbon Campaign launch event. Eliana is a vibrant 9 year old who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 4 months and has been a TBCF recipient since 2009. Courtesy photo.

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) announced their sixth annual Gold Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and raise funds to support local patients and their families. In anticipation of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, TBCF hosted a kick-off event for local families which highlighted their new campaign and honored TBCF volunteers. 

During the month of September, the Gold Ribbon Campaign will promote ways to spread awareness and raise funds for the cause. The campaign finishes with a fundraiser luncheon on Oct. 4 at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, featuring silent and live auctions, an exquisite lunch, live entertainment and a heartfelt program.

Calista Carter and her blankets at the 2018 Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Gold Ribbon Campaign launch. Courtesy photos.

Calista Carter and her blankets at the 2018 Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Gold Ribbon Campaign launch. Courtesy photos.

The Gold Ribbon Campaign is TBCF’s flagship awareness and fundraising endeavor; funds raised from this Campaign will allow the foundation to assist all eligible families needing aid without turning anyone away. The goals of this year’s campaign are to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and how it affects families, raise funds to support those affected, and provide more emotional support programs.

“It’s heartbreaking to see so many families affected by cancer,” says TBCF Executive Director Lindsey Leonard. “It underscores the vital role Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation plays in supporting local families during an unimaginably painful time. Thanks to the support we receive through our annual Gold Ribbon Campaign until there is a cure for cancer, we are here to take care of every family that needs us—from initial diagnosis, during treatment and into recovery.”

TBCF offers a large range of programs to help lessen the immediate financial, emotional and educational challenges that appear when a child is diagnosed with cancer, while also supplying continuing opportunities for families to connect with each other in a safe space.

The Carter family from Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, lost Garhett at age 4 to Neuroblastoma. Inspired by a beloved blanket Garhett received during his time in the hospital, his sister Calista, age 13, created a TBCF club at her school where she and her classmates hand-make blankets for children in the hospital like Garhett. Courtesy photo.

The Carter family from Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, lost Garhett at age 4 to Neuroblastoma. Inspired by a beloved blanket Garhett received during his time in the hospital, his sister Calista, age 13, created a TBCF club at her school where she and her classmates hand-make blankets for children in the hospital like Garhett. Courtesy photo.

“Our youngest son Garhett was diagnosed with High-risk Neuroblastoma in March of 2012,” says Nicci Carter, a TBCF mother from Santa Maria. “Throughout our son’s treatment, we were invited and went to a few different events hosted by TBCF. After our son died, my husband and I showed up at the funeral home to make arrangements and were told that TBCF would be covering the cost. They also provided Christmas that year for our children who had just lost their brother. It came complete with the tree and gifts picked out specifically for each child… TBCF does everything they can to offer support not just for the child battling cancer but for the siblings and parents too.”

“Gold was selected for the color of the awareness ribbon because it represents a precious metal, and our children are precious,” TBCF Executive Director Leonard explains. “Please Go Gold in September and join us in supporting local families by increasing awareness for this cause and raising critical funds for our programs.”

Ways to support TBCF:

  • Volunteer
  • Donate: Make a gift in support of a loved one, participate in the employee corporate giving program, arrange for planned giving, donate gifts of securities, host a benefit, donate a car or text “Teddy” to 91999
  • Sponsorship: Gold Ribbon Campaign & Gold Ribbon Luncheon sponsorship opportunities range from $1,000-$50,000
  • Encouraging Youth Philanthropy Program: TBCF will mentor kids from elementary school to college-aged and help them raise funds with goals starting at $500
  • Create Your Own Fundraiser

The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support. Through the foundation, services are provided to families of children with cancer up to age 18 and continuing on until the patient reaches 21 years of age. In 2017, the Gold Ribbon Campaign raised $515,644. Since its founding in 2002, TBCF has awarded $1.85 million in financial assistance to 1,928 individuals. For more information, or to make a donation, visit https://www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org/

—Jordan Duggan

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