This could be the coolest BTF story you have ever read! Enjoy the following excerpt from GLY Construction’s newsletter, written by Pamela Leptich…
GLY man-lift operator Chuck Welsh lost his mom; then his wife Cindy lost hers. A friend became gravely ill. Things weren’t going well, so Chuck decided to start something positive. He began with one dollar carefully blue-taped to his manlift serving all floors of Vulcan’s Block 35 construction project [now Amazon.com’s “Arizona” building].
When people asked, Chuck let them know he was starting a charitable collection for cancer research. So they started contributing a buck or a five at a time … crew members, subcontractors, architects, client reps, project managers, essentially anyone who rode up and down in Chuck’s man-lift. The walls began to be taken over by carefully taped one and two dollar bills in a grid pattern. Elevator riders became engaged. People sometimes got emotional, writing messages to loved ones on the posted bills, or posting on the wall itself.
This spring we have found ourselves in awe of kids near and far who are supporting Ben Towne Foundation. Their ideas, efforts and hearts amaze us. We want to thank each and every one of them for their HUGE life-affirming contributions to BTF! We are grateful for your participation and you prove what we know to be true: that kids can change the way pediatric cancers are treated and cured. Take a look…
In this season of “Thanksgiving” we are incredibly grateful for the friends we have had with us throughout this entire journey. Though we have been fortunate to make new ones along the way, the people who have been with us since Ben’s diagnosis hold a very special place in our hearts. One such couple is Kyle and Cindy.
Kyle and Cindy have been friends since college and huge supporters of Ben Towne Foundation. They have been table captains at our benefit and have generously introduced their network of colleagues to our mission. On top of that, this summer they threw a fabulous Wine & Dessert event at their beautiful home – to raise awareness and funding for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Read more
It all started with a coin box, a movie premiere and your brave boy, Ben. My kids were so moved as we came home in the car. As we shared your story, they came up with the idea of a “toy” sale. Read more
My family went to see the movie Brave early this summer and picked up our coin boxes from our friends the Townes. All summer long, my brother, sister and I thought of different ways we could raise money to put in our coin boxes. Read more
About 1,340 children are expected to die from cancer in 2012.
-American Cancer Society
Jeff, Dylan, Ryan and Callie
“We have been organizing the Montrachet Carnival for about 6 years now. I started out wanting to show my children what it’s like to give back to the community and my hope was that we could continue the carnival tradition and for them to some day take over the running of it. That finally happened this year with my oldest, Dylan who is 16. Read more
About 12,060 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012.
Meet our friend Andrew…
We wanted to share our son Andrew’s story around filling his “Ben box” this summer. Read more
My granddaughter has “caught the excitement” of the new Boise Chapter of Ben Towne Foundation! Here’s her story about how we decided to celebrate our buddy-birthdays this year by honoring her dad and Ben…
Despite the fact that I am still wearing a coat and hat, it seems the 2012 version of spring is here in Seattle. The trees are full and green, the air smells lovely and flowers are blooming everywhere. I walked past a house the other day that had the largest steroid sized tulips you have ever seen. I literally stopped to stare at them because they looked like they were going to explode.
Similarly it seems there have been beautiful, compassionate and extremely generous little girls in recent days whose big hearts have been bursting with support for Ben Towne Foundation. Let me share a few of them with you… Read more
One of the truly inspiring things that has happened this past year has been the opportunity to meet new people and see the ways in which they are willing to come along side our work with their own networks and interests. The Seattle-Eastside Bar Method has been one of those organizations. SEBM has been supporting Ben Towne Foundation this last year through their own challenges and campaigns. Take a look… Read more