Congratulations to Packages For Kid Fighters co-founder Alexa Pascucci for being selected as a recipient of the 2017 Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Award presented by Newtown Kindness.
Alexa was selected along with nine other candidates for the award honoring six-year-old Charlotte Bacon who tragically died during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Newtown Kindness is a foundation started by Charlotte's parents, Joel and JoAnn Bacon, to promote kindness and inspire others to "Think Kindly and Act Boldly".
Alexa received a $1000 check to a charity of her choice from the Newtown Kindness organization, which she chose to donate to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause that Packages For Kid Fighters greatly supports.
Our first PFKF Kid Spotlight: Amelia (Mia) Spargo!
Mia is a very brave, smart, kind and strong girl who loves life, the sun, the ocean, trees, flowers and birds! Mia always tries to help others. Mia was diagnosed with brain tumor cancer on September 15, 2013. She started chemotherapy at Texas Children's Hospital on September 19, 2013. As of May 2, 2014, Mia is cancer free!
Mia's official diagnosis:
NGGCT- brain suprasellar mass
You may have seen Mia on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras", as Mia is a well-known beauty queen! But after being diagnosed with childhood cancer, Mia had to put all of her dreams on hold and go through all of the harmful and terrifying treatments. Even though Mia has been finished with her treatments for a while, her hair has not grown back because the radiation she received to shrink her tumor actually damaged all of her healthy hair follicles. This is just another reality a child with cancer has to face after enduring treatment.
While receiving treatment at Texas Children's Hospital, Mia was gifted care packages and other goodies that brightened her day, much like what we send here at PFKF. Mia decided that one day, when she was better, she was going to send these packages as well! This idea became Mia's Magical Toy Drive, her annual toy drive that happens every Christmas!
This holiday season, Mia has also started crocheting hats to donate to Texas Children's Hospital so kids with cancer can keep warm this winter!
Mia truly is a remarkable girl, and I am very happy to have sent her a package!
You can follow Mia on Instagram and Facebook!
~Alexa, Packages For Kid Fighters Team Member
One of Packages For Kid Fighter's most anticipated events of the year is the annual St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer. Both of us are huge supporters and fundraisers for St. Jude, and we both look forward to the event year after year!
This year's event was no let down! We thought that after last year's event, it couldn't get any better... we were wrong! This year's Greater Boston St. Jude Walk/Run, held on September 24, 2016, was one of the biggest yet, held at Boston's Franklin Park Zoo. Together, we raised over $356,000 for the children of St. Jude!
At this year's walk, we met so many amazing people, including inspiring cancer survivors, super siblings, and even our favorite radio personality (that's you, Colton!!)! We handed out so many business cards and really spread our message about what we do as Packages For Kid Fighters. We were even invited to a Radio-thon for St. Jude in December hosted by our favorite country radio station, 101.7 The Bull!
Overall, the event was an amazing experience and we both had a blast! Here are just a couple photos from our wonderful day!
Mirabella and I with our posters honoring Breanna Bercegeay, an AML fighter who was treated at St. Jude.
Watching Lance and Colton from 101.7 The Bull during the opening ceremonies.
Many people stopped us and asked us to take photos of us with our signs. Spreading Bree's message everywhere we go!
Team PFKF representing The Cheering For Breanna Foundation at the walk!
Having fun in the photobooth!
Overall, the day was such an amazing and memorable experience and I am already counting down the days until next year's walk!
-Alexa, Packages For Kid Fighters Team Member
For the first post on the blog part of our website, I figured I would post this birthday entry I made for Breanna Bercegeay that I took from my personal blog. Better late than never!
As many of you know, I am a childhood cancer advocate who is a HUGE supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Last year, Mirabella and I began walking in the annual St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, held every September during childhood cancer awareness month. For the walk, we each chose a childhood cancer fighter to walk in honor or in memory of. When it came to choosing my warrior I wanted to walk for, I had no hesitation when I decided on Breanna Bercegeay. Bree, who fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia, was such an amazing girl who has inspired me in so many ways.
I had heard about St. Jude before through the commercials I had seen on TV and the address labels that came to my house. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know where to begin. The idea first came to me to raise money when I came across Bree’s story through social media. Breanna was a cheerleader, just like me. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML, in June of 2013, when we both would have been going into the seventh grade. Bree was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from the very first day she was diagnosed, until the day she passed away.
You may know Breanna from her St. Jude commercial she did with Shaun White (Bree is the one in the green shirt!) and her work as an ambassador for the “Team Up for St. Jude” campaign with the Varsity Allstar cheerleading company. With Varsity, she designed two cheer bows and 50% of the profits of the “Breanna Bows” goes directly to St. Jude. But Bree’s claim to fame was the video posted on YouTube by her (amazing) mother Dara in July, 2013 of her singing her heart out to Jessie J’s song “Price Tag”. Alongside her is former University of Memphis quarterback, Jacob Karam. The video went viral with over a million views on Facebook! Breanna's mother then uploaded the video to YouTube where it currently has over 356,000 views!
Breanna inspired me in so many ways and I was devastated when I had learned of her passing in October, 2014. She was such an inspiration to me, on the cheer mat and in life. Although I never got the chance to meet Bree in person, I feel like I am one of her close friends. You didn't have to know Bree personally to see her big heart and amazing personality. It is so crazy thinking about how much Breanna has impacted my life, and I never even met her.
Today, September 7, 2016, is Breanna's fifteenth birthday. Sadly, instead of celebrating down in Louisiana with her parents, brothers, and friends, she is celebrating with Jesus in Heaven. Childhood cancer took that, and so much more away from her. There is not a day that goes by when I don't think about Bree. I wear my "Cheering for Breanna" bracelet 24/7 and I have a drawer full of my "Cheering for Breanna" apparel including t-shirts, stickers, keychains, bracelets and bows. Breanna will always have a special place in my heart and I will always remember her.
For the second year in a row, I will be walking the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on September 24 in Breanna's memory. Because of Breanna, I will Never Give Up for a Cure.
Happy heavenly birthday sweet Bree! I hope you are singing your heart out and eating lots of slushies, pickles, and AirHeads! We all miss you so much!
If you would like to learn more about Bree or donate to Breanna's foundation, please visit:
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Looking to read Breanna's full story? Visit here!
REMEMBER TO GO GOLD FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER ALL THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER!
- Alexa, Packages For Kid Fighters Team Member
We are Mirabella and Alexa, the Packages For Kid Fighters team! This part of the site is our blog, where we update on our advocacy for childhood cancer and about the packages we send out!
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