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11
May 2015

Helping him walk again

newsLast year the Hungarian branch of our organization reached out to us to purchase a special aid for a child fighting against cancer. Now, a year later, came another request for the same boy, with the same item, but different size. And, of course, we couldn't say no.

Richard has been treated with spinal marrow cancer for more than two years, which made the muscles in his legs so weak that he had to learn to walk again.
In order to be able to do so, his mother turned to our organization, first a year ago, to purchase a special aid that helps him walking, but could only be purchased in the U.S. We got it for them, and his walking skills have been improving greatly; however, the old one has been used so much and the growing little boy has now outgrown it, so he needed a new one.

Without a hesitation we ordered a size larger, brand new piece and shipped it right to Hungary, so he can keep healing and improving further.

On the left side of the picture you can see him as he is now, and on right side how he was before.
03
Jan 2015

Fox4 to cover our event

newsThank you so much Fox 4 for attending and covering our special Christmas event.

Clink HERE to watch the story on Fox 4.
22
Dec 2014

We gave away over 300 toys

newsThank you so much for Fort Myers Chuck E. Cheese’s for providing the venue for our Christmas Gift Giveaway for children with cancer we hosted Friday, Dec. 19.

The families attending the event have been affected by childhood cancer. Knowing the burden this disease puts on them, we wanted to make sure that kids go home with as many toys as they could carry.

They could pick from over 300 toys, share their wishes with Santa and play around with all the games at Chuck E. Cheese`s.

Nine-year-old Kaden Meyers could hardly fit all the toys in his hands as he was getting ready to go home with his mom. At a young age, he was diagnosed with Willms, which is a type of kidney cancer that occurs in children.

He has been in remission for several years, making him and his family confident that the cancer is gone.

“He was so excited about all the toys,” Rebecca Meyers, Kaden’s mom, said. “We are very thankful that we could be part of this great event today.”

The gift giveaway became very special for all the families. This time of the year is very different for families where there is a child battling cancer. The attention shifts from being together and buying gifts to fighting against the disease. Not to mention, the budget for gifts can’t get too high because of the medical bills that need to be paid.

We hosted this event to bring some of that special Christmas spirit back and help families forget about the fight even if just for an evening.

There are more toys left that the foundation is donating to the Golisano Children’s Hospital to give out to other families in need.

Click here for pictures of the Gift Giveaway
06
Nov 2014

Christmas Gift Giveaway

newsWith the beginning of November we are stepping into Holiday season, which means that children are almost ready to write those Christmas letters to Santa.

We are organizing our Santa Claus for a Cause Gift Giveaway at Chuck E. Cheese's in Fort Myers on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. to create a magical Christmas for families who are fighting against childhood cancer.

Children with cancer and their siblings will meet Santa and pick from hundreds of toys we have been collecting with the help of Around the Clock Fitness.

Besides the Christmas experience, kids will also get to play around with the different games at Chuck E. Cheese's.

Last year the event was a great success with 60 children attending and picking from over 400 toys.

We are looking forward to see the excited eyes of the children when they get to pick their favorite toys.

The picture shows the toys we gave out in 2013.
14
Jun 2014

Special Aid For a Hungarian Patient

newsDistance may make things harder but it`s not stopping us from helping a child patient in need.

We worked together with the Children Cancer Foundation in Hungary in order to help a young Hungarian patien and make his every days easier. The 5-year-old boy has been treated with a spinal tumor for two years. Due to his illness he had to learn to walk again. Although his leg muscles are very weak allowing him only to walk with an aid. In order for help him to be able to walk by himself again, his mom turned to the Hungarian foundation for help.

However, the special walking aid orthotic system that could help the child`s movements was only available for purchase in the United States. There was no doubt that the Hungarian foundation was going to do everything in order to provide this donation to the patient.

We were right here ready to help, so we ordered the orthotic system and shipped it to Hungary so the family could receive the donation shortly after they had requested.

With our cooperation with the Hugnarian foundation, Richard can soon walk all alone again.
20
Dec 2013

Christmas Gift Giveaway

newsFORT MYERS, Fla - Sixty sparkling eyes were reaching for the tokens and running around at Chuck E. Cheese`s at our Christmas Gift Giveaway on Friday, December 20th. Children with cancer and their families attended the Christmas event where children could pick from more than 400 toys, share their wishes with Santa and play around with all the games at Chuck E. Cheese`s.

Not only the children were suprised but their parents got a gift too. On behalf of Around The Clock Fitness, Derik Fay, owner and founder, donated a $100 gift card to each of the 16 families.

Ethan Rivard, 2, could hardly sit still on his mom`s lap while the picture was taken with Santa because he was so excited to get that one Cars coloring toy. His mom said, "he couldn`t stop looking at that toy ever since we got here."

The event became very special for the entire family. This time of the year is very different for families where there is a child battling cancer. The attention is shifted from being together and buying gifts, to fighting against cancer. We hosted this event in order to bring back some of that special Christmas spirit and help families forget about the fight even if just for an evening.

Roland Balogh, volunteer and cancer survivor, shared his story and why he has a very strong commitment to helping those families. "I want to show them that beating cancer is possible and encourage them never to give up because if they believe they are stronger, they can and will win that battle," said Roland, who is now 21 years old and healthier than ever.

Click HERE to see pictures of the event.
08
Dec 2013

Another Event, Another Success

newsSanta`s helpers came together again this year to support our cause and to help us organize something special for local children who are battling against cancer.

The 2nd Annual Santa Claus for a Cause 5K took place at Florida Gulf Coast University this past Saturday.
The youngest runner, 11-year-old Jason Maher crossed the finish line first with fantastic energy and enthusiasm. Following him arrived the first girl, FGCU student Emily Dolan.
Some participants ran, while others walked but most importantly they all had an amazing time and were able to raise enough funds for the Christmas Gift Giveaway, which we are hosting on December 20th at Chuck E Cheese`s.

"I was very excited to be part of such a beautiful event," said Natanael Voltaire, one of the runners. "What the Children Cancer Foundation is doing for our kiddos is exceptional and I am happy I could be part of it."

Besides the fundraiser we have been collecting toys with the help of local businesses in Lee County. Toy drives are available till December 15th at Around The Clock Fitness in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, and Crossfit Lawless in Estero.

After we hosted the first 5K in last year, we took eight families who have been fighting childhood cancer to Discovery Cover in Orlando in May this year to swim with dolphins, stingrays and have the opportunity to spend the day in paradise and forget all about the battle they have been fighting. The trip has become a lifelong memory to all of them.

We are hosting the Christmas Gift Giveaway to bring Christmas` magic back to these children and their parents. We understand that families` financial situation become very deprived while paying for treatments, so they are not able to get the desired gifts for their children and fully enjoy Christmas. We would like to make sure that Christmas will be just as special for these children and their families as it is for everyone else.

Click HERE for pictures from the 5K
22
Oct 2013

Help Us Creating a Magical Christmas

What could kids love more for Christmas than toys and more toys?! We are organizing a Gift Giveaway that will take place at Chuck E. Cheese, in Fort Myers, Florida on Friday, December 20, 2013.

We are inviting families who are battling against childhood cancer in the Southwest Florida area. The entire family will have the opportunity to have a magical Christmas, a fun time and just forget all about the hospital and treatments. The kids will not only play with all the fun games at Chuck E. Cheese, but they can also choose from plenty of toys the we have been collecting with a help of the community.

Toy Drives are available at both the Fort Myers and Cape Coral locations of Around the Clock Fitness from Nov. 10 through Dec. 10. Furthermore, Lawless Crossfit in Estero is also a drop off location throughout the same date.

We are also having our 2nd Annual Santa Claus for a Cause 5K run/walk on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9 a.m. till 12 p.m. on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University. Participants may register at raceroster.com as well as on spot before the race. They are also encouraged to bring toys at the event, which will be given out at the Gift Giveaway on the 20th as well.
Regular admission is $20, while for children under 18 and for FGCU students it is $15.
Santa Claus hats and T-shirts will be given out for free and prizes will be announced in two categories: Females 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Male 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

Sponsorship opportunities are still open for the 5K. Any support is appreciated whether product, food, or cash donations would make the event more successful. In exchange for sponsorship the company logo will be printed on all promotional materials and we also offer tabling opportunities for all of the sponsors at the event. We would love to recognize as many sponsors as we can for their support.
19
May 2013

Trip of a Lifetime

newsSwimming with dolphins, stingrays and exotic fish were just some of the unforgettable memories eight families will cherish forever after this weekend. Our Foundation took eight families, from the Golisano Children`s Hospital of Southwest Florida, who have been touched by childhood cancer to Discovery Cove in Orlando to experience paradise on Earth.

Some of the children are in remission but some are still in the middle of the battle against cancer. This trip meant a lot for all of them. "The excitement in their eyes when we left Fort Myers was indescribable," said Roland Balogh, cancer survivor and volunteer photographer of our organization.

Upon arrival to the park, every little cancer patient received a stuffed animal dolphin they could name and take home. Then it was time for all the fun to begin. Some families had both parents and a sibling go along that made the final count of guests to be 27 and we made sure that all the children including siblings got the opportunity to do the dolphin interaction. In addition, after each interaction parents could join their children and take a family picture together with the dolphin.

"Today was amazing!" said Cathy Devins, grandmother of the 13-year-old Sophia Jellerson, who has been in remission for six months after fighting a tough battle against Thyroid cancer.

It was the first time for all the families to go to Discovery Cove and pet dolphins and all the other incredible animals. "We will remember this forever," said the Dillon Simmons, who is 14-year-old strong boy battling against Diffuse Astrocytoma.

Our foundation organized two fundraisers in the past few months to raise the needed money for the trip. Both fundraisers were very successful and there was no doubt that the foundation would be able to afford the promised journey for the children.

The trip to Discovery Cove did not only become a lifelong memory but it also had health benefits for the children. Studies have shown that children`s interaction with dolphins improves their health and mental conditions and is very therapeutic. Needless to say that just by spending a whole day in this dreamlike environment, children were able to forget what they have been going through and be more positive emotionally.

Please click on the link below to review pictures of the trip.
Discovery Cove Trip

Please click on the link below to watch the video.
Video
10
May 2013

Discovery Cove Trip

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Children Cancer Foundation, Inc is taking eight families with children who are battling against cancer from the Golisano Children`s Hospital of Southwest Florida to Discovery Cove, Orlando to swim with dolphins and have an unforgettable day in paradise on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

The Children cancer Foundation, Inc organized two fundraisers in the past few months to raise the needed money for the trip. Both fundraisers were very successful and there was no doubt that the foundation will be able to afford the promised journey for the children.

They are taking eight families, some are families of three or four, where beside the sick children both the parents and siblings get the opportunity to enjoy an idyllic day in paradise for free.
The bus will leave from the hospital at 6:30 a.m. and will return in the evening around 10 p.m.

A trip to Discovery Cove may not only become a lifelong memory but it also has health benefits for the children. Studies have shown that children`s interaction with dolphins improves their health and mental conditions and is very therapeutic. Needless to say that just by spending a whole day in this dreamlike environment, children will be able to forget what they have been going through and be more positive emotionally.
23
Feb 2013

Zumba For This Year`s Project

newsParticipants of all ages came together to participate at the 2nd Annual Zumbathon at FGCU on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Generous community members gathered to raise funds for our next project to take children, who are battling against cancer, to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida.

The Santa Claus for a Cause 5K we hosted in December 2012 raised the first half of the needed money and we are happy to announce that we were able to raise the remaining amount for the Discovery Cove trip.

We are very grateful for all the sponsors, vendors, Zumba instructors, participants and volunteers for contributing to the Zumbathon in any shape of form! It turned out to be a very successful event.

Everybody had a great time dancing and networking with all the vendors on spot. What made this event even more beautiful is the cause and that we all put our heart into it and showed that together we can reach our goal and help those who need it the most.

The Discovery Cove trip may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some of the children, however, it is going to be a lifelong memory for all of them. It will be an amazing getaway when they can forget what they have been going through and just have fun.

Thank you so much for joining our mission and making this day a special one.

Please click on the link below to review pictures of the 2nd Annual Zumbathon.
2nd Annual Zumbathon
14
Dec 2012

A Collective Effort

newsWe had an unforgettable meeting with Tiit Baquero, artist and philosopher, on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Connect Networking event at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers, FL.
He introduced the "Worldwide Peace Marker Project" which is a global work of art in progress.

The WPMP is a model, an installation work of art, that brings together 198 nations in the name of world peace. Each of the 198 nations on Earth that are recognized as sovereign states is assigned one "Peace Marker" sculpture, which is received by an artist native of each nation, who in the capacity of Artist Ambassador of the project, introduces the Peace Marker sculpture into the national context of his/her nation as a "point of peace."

The project was launched in 2002 and was the first time in human history when art went global in an attempt to create a global collaborative effort by humanity to address global issues.

It represents the importance of peace and a global act of reconciliation between humanity and planet Earth. There are changes have to be made where resources on Earth are not taken for granted but rather appreciated.

For more information on the Worldwide Peace Marker Project, please click on the link below.

Link
02
Dec 2012

Santa Claus for a Cause

newsWhat a fantastic turnout at the Santa Claus for a Cause 5K. Over a 100 students, runners and community partners came together on a sunny Sunday morning on Dec. 2 on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University to support the Children Cancer Foundation, Inc.

The 5K raised over $3,000 that was the first step to accomplish our next goal; to take children, who have been battling against cancer, to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida for a dolphin encounter.

It has been found that dolphin interactions have a positive effect on brain-wave activity, inducing an alpha state. During alpha state children are relaxed and endorphins are released and flow freely in the body, which makes them more receptive and open to healing. Not to mention that this adventure may be a lifelong memory for the little patients.

It is our mission to assist families, who have been touched by childhood cancer, in many ways, including financial assistance as well as organizing different joyful activities, such as our Discovery Cove project.

We are very thankful for all the participants who attended the event and we also appreciate our volunteers who helped to make this event successful.

Special Thanks to our sponsors: Total Nutrition, Codebench, Inc, Juan`s Plumbing, Indulgence Salon, Leoma Lovegrove, LA Fitness and Sweetbay.

For more pictures, please click on the link below

More Pictures

To watch the video please click HERE
02
Dec 2012

Supporting Our Community

newsKlaudia Balogh represented the Children Cancer Foundation, Inc at the "This Is Christmas" charity concert of Vocal Artistry at the First Baptist Church on December 2nd. The concert benefited the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
15
Nov 2012

The Community Unites For The 5K

newsBusinesses and individuals of the Southwest and Southeast Florida community are supporting the Santa Claus for a Cause by donating their time, money or talent to our fundraiser. Their help is the most important piece that makes the event successful.

One of the primary sponsors, Codebench, Inc from Southeast Florida donated us $1,000. Codebench is an award winning provider of software for physical access security applications.
At the day of the event all participants will receive a complementary T-shirt which are sponsored by Total Nutrition.
Juan's Plumbing is contributing $250 to the race.

The list of supporters is not over yet. Several students at Florida Gulf Coast University are contributing their time to spread the word about the fundraiser as well as to reach out to the community in many ways.

LA Fitness in Fort Myers, FL gave the opportunity to promote our foundation and the 5K in their facility on multiple days. Their offer gave us the chance to introduce ourselves and give out some information on our upcoming event.

"The generosity and care of the Southwest Florida community is amazing. Seeing so many people get together for a great cause and for a common goal makes our days of work worthwhile. What's going to be even more wonderful is to see the smiles on those children's faces when they arrive to Discovery Cove. This community can be proud because without their support it would not be possible." said Klaudia Balogh, director of communications of the Children Cancer Foundation.

Santa Claus for a Cause is built on sponsorship and we are very thankful to see the community come together, join us and support the race in any ways possible.
13
Nov 2012

Networking at Conferences

The Children Cancer Foundation, Inc had been invited and attended two international conferences in October and November. Istvan Balogh, president of our Foundation and Klaudia Balogh, director of communications, represented and introduced the Children Cancer Foundation, Inc at the 44th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hungarian Medical Association of America on October 29-30th in Sarasota, FL and at the 2nd Annual Central and Eastern European Trade Visit of the Central and Eastern European Networking Association on November 8-9th in Stamford, CT.
Both conferences were very successful and we were able to establish valuable connections with individuals and businesses in the United States and overseas as well. The Children Cancer Foundation is now partnering with the HMAA in order to help children with cancer more effectively.
Please read below the letter of the Hungarian Medical Association of America.


Then in November we got a chance to listen to the presentations and then meet several businesses in the United States and across Europe as well at the CEENET 2nd Annual Trade Visit in Stamford, CT. We also gave a presentation introducing the work of the Children Cancer Foundation in Europe and in the U.S. as well.
For pictures takes at the Trade Visit please click HERE

15
Oct 2012

Donation From Codebench, Inc

newsCodebench, Inc has donated $1,000 for Santa Claus for a Cause 5K run/walk fundraiser which will be held on December 2nd 2012 at the Kleist Health Education Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. (10501 FGCU Blvd S., Fort Myers, FL 33965)
The charity event is organized with a mission to raise money in order to take ten children, who have been diagnosed with cancer, to Discovery Cove. Such an adventurous trip may become a lifelong memory for those children and allow them to forget about the treatments and scrubs.

Codebench`s sponsorship is very much appreciated!

Thank you for making the fundraiser a more successful event!

For more information on the fundraiser, please see Events ->Next events
26
Aug 2012

Onco-Olympic Games 2012

newsThe Onco-Olympic Games was organized again this year in Warsaw, Poland. The event is held every other year when children, who have recovered from cancer or if not yet, then are in a condition that their pediatrician approves their participation, compete against each other. Through August 24-25-26 children from nine countries competed and proved that recovering from cancer is not impossible and you can be stronger than you have ever been before.
The nine competing countries were: Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Austria, Romania, and Turkey. The participating children were between the ages of 6 and 18. Some of them have already defeated cancer but some of them were only halfway through, although, strong enough to attend. The sports were athletics, swimming, table tennis, and soccer.
Similar to the games in 2008 and 2010, the Children Cancer Foundation (in Hungary) was responsible for training and preparing their little heroes this year as well. Olympic-champion swimmers, Daniel Gyurta and Laszlo Cseh were at the airport when the Hungarian team left encouraging them for their journey.
Every one of the participants did his or her best on Saturday the 25th and we can proudly say that the Hungarian team was on top of the medals list. They did not only win the most medals among all the countries, but they took home the most, 11, gold medals as well.
It was amazing to see the smiles of victory on their faces. They might have not even thought about getting this far, but their victory proves that cancer can be defeated. Their strength may give motivation and hope to other children and families to fight and never give up because recovering from this disease is possible.


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29
Jun 2012

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

newsWe have visited the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

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29
Jun 2012

The Children's Hospital

newsWe have visited The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.

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