Packages For Kid Fighters was founded in October, 2015 by childhood cancer advocates Mirabella Carrara and Alexa Pascucci.
The goal of Packages For Kid Fighters is to send happiness and bring smiles to the faces of children fighting big battles and their families. After following Kaat, aka @dreamcatchersforgoldenwarriors, on Instagram, Mirabella was inspired to help children with cancer and other life threatening or chronic illnesses as well. For Alexa, It was the story of fellow cheerleaders Breanna Bercegeay and Ava Doiron-Frankland that inspired her into action. Breanna lost her battle to Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2014, and Ava in 2016 to Glioblastoma. Alexa, also a competitive cheerleader, saw that a simple act of kindness by sending a package and note could bring real joy to children who are going through so much.
Through Packages For Kid Fighters, Mirabella and Alexa have sent out over 150 packages to children so far, and are have no plans of stopping anytime soon! The first package that Packages For Kid Fighters sent out was to Colbie, a teen fighting Mitochondrial Disease among other chronic illnesses. Packages For Kid Fighters' first hand delivery was on June 25, 2016 to seven year old Malia Jusczyk, a neuroblastoma fighter who is now in remission!
Alexa and Mirabella both frequently participate in 5k Walks to benefit childhood cancer and other chronic illnesses including the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, Malia Jusczyk's 5k To Crush Cancer, The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, the Ava's Army Family 5k, and walks for Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Rett Syndrome, and Type I Diabetes.
Alexa and Mirabella are also both members of Team Cure, an organization run by childhood cancer advocates from all around Massachusetts. Team Cure organizes fundraisers for childhood cancer awareness organizations and patients' families.
Packages For Kid Fighters was also honored with a 2017 Charlotte Bacon Newtown Kindness National Award. Alexa's submission earned PFKF's chosen charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a $1000 donation.
Alexa and Mirabella leading the 5k walk at the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer at the Xfinity Center in Massachusetts on September 26, 2015.