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In its short time, ThinkBIG has helped families from the following counties:
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•All donations go directly to helping the families
•ThinkBIG does not….
–Allocate money to pediatric cancer research
–Pay the salaries of physicians, social workers, child life specialists, etc.
–Pay for renovations/upgrades to the local children’s hospital
–Pay any of its board members or volunteers
We are always looking for new ideas for fundraising and volunteers to assist us.
Pediatric Cancer Facts
•Governed by a volunteer group of Board of Directors
•Operates as its own 501 (c) 3 organization which is recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt organization
•An organization created in 2012 to help local pediatric cancer patients and their families with the financial burdens associated with their cancer diagnosis
•Many families have to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital or traveling to and from appointments
–Because of this, it’s not uncommon for a parent/caregiver to take a leave of absence from work
–This loss of income quickly adds financial burdens to the family, and this is what ThinkBIG is trying to alleviate
•Since 2014, ThinkBIG has allocated more than $100,000 worth of support to more than 50 unique families.
Any size monetary donation goes a long way toward helping families with their battle.
•Affects about 1 out of every 300 children
•About 15,500 children in the United States diagnosed every year
–Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital will see about 40-50 newly diagnosed children
•Overall 5 year survival rate is approximately 80%
•Second leading cause of death in children less than 15 years old
•ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) is most common pediatric cancer