19 Jun Join Us In Helping Strike Out Cancer In Kids in 2018
Welcome to week five of our “friendly rivalry!”
Week 5 represents the half way point of the “friendly rivalry,” which means we have five more weeks to reach our goal of $10,000 per team! And we need YOUR help to get us there!
How SOCK works
Pick a team. Make a donation. Spread the word and help your team reach $10,000.00 by the end of the ten week campaign!
Team Kinzie, captained by our adorable 2018 Slugger Kid, and Team Slugger, captained by Portland’s favorite mascot, will be competing to raise $10,000.00 for their team in order to unlock their company match by the end of the ten week period. If Kinzie’s Green Team reaches their $10,000.00 goal, Capozza Tile & Floor Covering Center will match it with another $10,000.00. Similarly, if Slugger’s Gold Team reaches their $10,000.00 goal, WEX will match it with another $10,000.00!
Yes, it’s a competition. But the overall goal of the campaign is for both teams to raise their $20,000.00, totaling a combined $40,000.00 to help Strike Out Cancer in Kids and support our MCCP warriors as they fight their toughest battles!
Team Kinzie remains on top and has gained quite a lead on Team Slugger! Can she hold her ground for the next five weeks?!
Meet Kinzie, our 2018 Slugger Kid
You may have had the pleasure of meeting our 2018 Slugger Kid at MCCP Night at the Sea Dogs last Friday, or maybe you saw her run the bases at the first Anthem’s Heroes at Hadlock ceremony of the season, but this year’s Slugger Kid is one special little fighter and a true inspiration for all of us!
When Kinzie was just six and a half years old, she was diagnosed with Stage IV High Risk Neuroblastoma. At a time in her life when she should have been preparing for the first grade, Kinzie was preparing for two complicated surgeries. Instead of learning how to tie her shoes, Kinzie was learning how to take care of her central line.
The type of cancer Kinzie was diagnosed with required treatment commonly referred to as the “kitchen sink” because it would take a little bit of everything to get her through to recovery. Her treatment plan was extreme: it included chemotherapy, radiation, two stem cell transplants and antibody treatments. There were many setbacks along the way, including kidney damage and heart failure. At one very low point, Kinzie’s weight was at 27 pounds.
With incredible determination, and support from family, friends and the exceptional doctors, nurses and social workers at Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Kinzie battled back and achieved remission. Today, she is an active second grader who loves to swim, ride her bike, play in her treehouse, read and participate in sports. She’s sassy, determined and loves with all her heart. Kinzie is a true hero.
We look forward to competition ahead and if you have any questions about the program, need support in a fundraising idea, etc. PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask! We are here to help your teams thrive and reach their $10,000.00 goal!
Thank you for going to bat for our patients and families,
Tara & Ashton