Giving back to the community
Anderson Vacations supports local Calgary charity Believe in the Gold. Believe in the Gold supports families affected by childhood cancer, increases awareness of childhood cancers and raises funds for research into the disease that affects one in every 400 kids.
While Believe in the Gold continues to build towards their own non-profit organization, they will be an umbrella organization under Helping Families Handle Cancer (Charity Registration # 80634 2499 RR0001). The funds raised by Believe in the Gold will be divided between supporting families and Childhood Cancer research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Helping Families Handle Cancer was founded in 2008. They are a new Not-For-Profit Organization that is specifically designed to aid families financially while they are dealing with cancer. Cancer creates an enormous strain on a family both emotionally and financially.
Childhood cancer does not discriminate; it can happen to anyone. It is the number one disease killer of children in the world. Claiming the lives of more children annually than any other disease. More than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis AIDS combined.
Believe in the Gold was originally thought up by Jacey Uphill a local Calgarian teen who was faced with Childhood Cancer in 2010. While isolated in a hospital room Jacey took on “BELIEVE” as her personal mantra. She wanted, and knew, that there needed to be an increase in awareness that children do get cancer. She believed the gold ribbon that represents childhood cancer awareness should be more recognizable. Despite the harsh realities she endured each day throughout her treatment plan, she remained active in the communities raising awareness about childhood cancer and how it affects families. After fighting for life, love and faith for two and a half years she passed away.
Jacey Uphill’s mother, Shonalie Stadnyk, along with family and friends, have vowed to continue to honour the legacy and wishes of this remarkable teenager by building the foundation. Believe in the Gold’s hope is to make a difference for children and families battling this disease in the future.
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