Dance Marathon FTK Fundraiser
Start: Jul 15, 2020 - End: Oct 31, 2020
In March of 2012 my family’s world was turned upside-down when my youngest brother, Dashiell, was diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor called Hepatoblastoma. He was only 4 years old at the time, but throughout all of the treatments over 15 months — multiple chemo therapy regimens, surgeries (including a liver transplant) and radiation — he was very brave, while still maintaining his childhood innocence. Unfortunately his cancer metastasized to his lungs and was found to actually be the lethal Transitional Liver Cell Tumor. He passed away June 17th, 2013, surrounded in love by our family. Since then we have made it our mission to honor his legacy advocating for childhood cancer awareness/projects/programs/organizations.
In fact, during our journey we became involved with the nonprofit Miracle Network Dance Marathon (a movement benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals) run by college and high school students across the United States. Here in Iowa, they provide emotional and financial support/services for pediatric oncology patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. We are profoundly appreciative for everything they have done for us. And, for me, their impact over the years was so incredible it inspired me in high school to transition from being a family-recipient to a dancer-fundraiser. I work hard to give back because they have been instrumental in helping teach me invaluable leadership and life skills, as well as creating lifelong friendships.
Over the last several months the Covid19 medical crisis has overwhelmed the entire world. Many aspects of this pandemic are reminiscent of what our family endured back in 2012-13, especially the precautionary measures of self-isolating/social-distancing, increased hand washing/sanitizing, and mask wearing. These were critical as Dashiell was immunosuppressed and susceptible to infection, which for cancer/transplant patients can be deadly. At such a young age he understood this and trusted our parents and his medical team to do what was needed.
As Covid19 cases continue to rise and schools are gearing up for Fall classes many are requiring students to wear face protection. So, I am embarking on a plan to raise awareness about the importance of this to prevent spread, while tying it into my fundraising endeavors. This simple public safety practice ensures to preserve social, physical, and economic wellness.
Therefore, in partnership with One Mission, I have designed a very special FTK (“for the kids”) logo mask! Over the next 60 days I hope to raise $1250 for the childhood cancer patients supported by the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. Your contributions will not only benefit them, but also you, your loved ones, friends and community.
My family is forever grieving Dashiell. He had a blessed life, as sweet and blissful as any child could possibly dream, so we choose to focus on our love for him and each other to make a positive impact. Please help me do that by supporting this cause; buy a mask, make a donation and/or share this page and story on social media, all FTK!
Fund Leader: Orson Codd
Fund Type: Non-profit Organizations