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Recent Events

The garage sale was another huge success.  We raised $1,400 that was given to Children’s Cancer Research!  Thanks everyone and start saving your goods for the sale next year!

Time to Fly for Children’s Cancer Research – Our 5k walk for Time to Fly was attended by so many teams and it was great to see everyone rally for such a worth cause.  The event was moved from Harriet Island because of flooding and instead held at Lake Phalen.  Although it was a hot day, our team did great! Combined with our garage sale profits, the profits from the t-shirt sales and our sponsors, we raised a nice chunk of funds for Children’s Cancer Research. Thank you everyone for participating and we hope to see you next June!

Bike Run & Pig Roast – Our first annual Bike Run and Pig Roast was awesome.  It rained a bit but not too much that we couldn’t ride.  The Ugly Bar in Montrose welcomed everyone after the ride and we enjoyed a good meal, the band outside and good times with good friends.  This event raised $2100 for Children’s Cancer Research.  Thank you for riding along for the cause!

Make A Wish of Minnesota

Thanks to the many who participated in our golf tournament, We were able to raise over $8,000!

In keeping with our general philosophy we have decided this year to donate almost all of these proceeds to another wonderful organization that holds a special place in our hearts.

Make A Wish of Minnesota

We have chosen this foundation, again because we know personally the good they do.

Sammy was granted a wish, it was a BIG wish, she had wanted to go to Paris. We met with the Make a Wish Team, and they took it from there, finding the necessary sponsors, and doing all the planning. Sammy often spoke of the trip that “was to be”. During her stem cell transplant, one of her nurses was trying to teach her French. One of her primary Dr.s who just happened to be going there, brought her back a beautiful silk scarf. The thought of this wonderful trip kept her mind off of many of the things she was enduring. Even though Sammy’s Paris trip was not to be, we are still so thankful for the hope that Make A Wish gave her, and the much needed distraction they provided. We are thrilled to be able to help grant a wish to another child that is so well deserving. Keep posted for more details!

We are constantly striving to find ways to bring comfort to children battling cancer, One of our newest brainstorms is providing Blanket Buddies to local hospitals. Blankets can often bring great comfort, especially during procedures that no one else can go into with a child, Blankets can be a piece of home, they hold in them memories and smells from home. They can hold tears and screams and fears like no other, and they can remind a child they are not alone, The best thing is they can bring almost anywhere in the hospital.

We would like to thank Kay Gumm of Roseville for donating to us over 40 new beanie babies to help get this program off the ground! If you know of anyone interested in donating fabric, beanie babies or better yet their time, let us know!

2013 Overview

With your help throughout 2013, Spread Joy & Love has:

  • Saved hundreds of lives through our blood drive!
  • Has donated approximately $2,500 to Children’s Cancer Research through our Time to Fly event!
  • Has sponsored many celebrations with children battling cancer at Minneapolis Children’s Hospitals through our High Hopes program!
  • Has sponsored a Make-A-Wish to a child battling cancer.

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