Take a few minutes and read through this guest post by The Dragonfly Foundation’s NKY Ambassador, Kristin Siegel. What an amazing organization! If you are able to secure some donations for this event to help support a wonderful cause, please contact Kristin (information in post). Hope to see you at the event on May 17!!
The Dragonfly Foundation:
Mascot Madness Mini-Golf Fundraiser
May 17, 2014
Do you remember when Marty Brennaman shaved his head at Great American Ballpark in 2012 and he softly kissed the heads of 3 young children? Those children were Dragonflies with The Dragonfly Foundation. A local, award-winning non-profit organization that provides comfort and joy to children and young adults enduring cancer or bone marrow transplants (from birth to age 30) until they are 5-years cancer free or post-BMT. The Dragonfly Foundation incorporates the entire family in special events and activities so the family can feel “normal” for a period of time. Their 6,000 sq ft patient/family space is called “The Landing” because every Dragonfly needs a place to land.
Co-Founders Christine Neitzke and Ria Davidson saw a need for support of children and families who are going through pediatric cancer and blood illnesses after Christine’s son, Matt, was diagnosed with Stage 3A Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The Neitzke’s were very appreciative with the support they received from family members and friends, like Ria.
Seeing a need for families and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to receive more support, they decided to form The Dragonfly Foundation in August 2010. They have been working closely with the Hospital, its staff, patients and families ever since.
The Dragonfly Foundation has implemented 12 programs, such as the “I’m Still Me” Hair Loss Care Package & Awareness Programs, Beads of Courage, Parents to Parents tip book, and more. The Dragonfly Foundation also provides newly diagnosed families with a CARE Package that includes toiletries, office supplies and a meal card so the parents/caregiver do not have to leave the child’s bedside. On average, 30 bags (valued at $140 each) are distributed each month to families first entering the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer & Blood Diseases Institute or have a diagnosis in the emergency department.
The Dragonfly Foundation provides CARE while waiting for a cure.
Mark your calendars, Mascot Madness Mini-Golf Fundraiser is May 17, 2014 at World of Golf. This will be a family-friendly event with 10+ local mascots playing a friendly game of putt putt, while staying afterwards for pictures. For more information, please visit dragonfly.org