- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 14:09
- Written by Breanna Bright
The greatest success in hosting a fundraiser, especially a small-town one, is seeing the difference it makes in your cause. Not only does Hoops for Life bring the community together to help children, but we can see how the funds and generosity are actually making progress happen. Amy Aldridge talks about her work to raise money for the pediatric brain tumor research program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford University, and the exciting news that has come out this year thanks to Amy’s, and the community’s, help.
In memory of their daughter, Sahara ‘Hoops’ Aldridge, Amy and her husband started Hoops for Life six years ago to raise money for the hospital where Sahara was treated. With $125,000 raised to date Amy is in awe over the support, “Each year is like a family reunion. Last year 700 people showed up for the 5K.” She says the support comes from strong community relationships, “We build relationships with our sponsors, and people know where their money is going. There’s no middlemen.”
The best part about Hoops for Life is that it is set up for all ages and abilities. You can run the 5k, power walk the 1 mile course, or just take a leisurely stroll. It’s all about having fun for the cause.
“I can’t say enough about the people at Stanford,” Amy was full of emotion as she reflected on her experience with the California hospital. “It wasn’t ‘this is all we can do’, they said, ‘let’s see what we can do.’ Hope comes out of that place.”
A new batch of hope came with a recent announcement from Dr. Michael Edwards . He said that with the help of the money from Hoops for Life Stanford will be opening a new hospital facility for their young patients. Even more exciting are the breakthroughs in research that have been coming out of Stanford including a limited toxicity therapy in which doctors can adjust the immune system to go after cancer cells. He says they will begin treating new patients with this therapy soon. They have also been making headway in finding out where tumors begin and end, something that will greatly improve surgery. You can learn more details about this amazing progress from Dr. Edwards himself in this moving video.
Generosity certainly runs in the Aldridge family, Amy recalled a time when Sahara used her birthday money to buy presents for the other children in the hospital. “Sahara would be pleased.”
You can join Hoops for Life this year at Kiwanis Park in Cape Girardeau, July 25, or if recreation just isn’t your thing you can support the program by attending the Matchsellers concert at Cup ‘N Cork on July 17! All money from the concert goes to Hoops for Life, and you get to enjoy great bluegrass music from the comfort of the cafe. Learn more and register on the Hoops for Life Facebook page and help Dr. Edwards and Amy continue to make a difference.