Here are some examples of the ways in which people are helping us tell this story…
Here are some examples of the ways in which people are helping us tell this story…
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
“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
Two beautiful girls celebrated their birthdays recently and chose to use their special days as a way to honor Ben Towne Foundation. Meet Emily and Kelly…
Emily’s 6th Birthday – Seattle, WA
In case you needed to see a little love in your life on this Valentine’s Day – meet our friends Jenn & Tyler…
I’ve been a family support volunteer with Side by Side for almost four years, so I have watched the Towne’s journey from afar and through mutual friends. I remember the sadness the day I heard that Ben was gone, then seeing them transform that unspeakable pain into a life mission.
FACT: Pediatric cancers receive less than 3% of the National Cancer Institute budget.
“For my Birthday I had a beach party. All my friends in kindergarten came. We had a slip and slide, but it was cold so we filled a pool with warm water so we had a hot tub. Read more
FACT: Approximately one in 300 children will receive a cancer diagnosis before the age of 20.
“We faced the hottest day of the summer and I asked my mom if we could have a lemonade stand. She thought that was a great idea and asked if I was going to charge money; and if so, what would I use the money for? I said the Ben Towne Foundation. My brother Gabriel and I made signs on the easel and decorated a donation jug. My mom made lemonade and we were in business. Read more
FACT: About 11,210 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2011.
Dear Ben Towne Foundation,
Last year my litter sister was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL). Even before that happened I had been wanting to raise money to donate to cancer research and was growing my hair out for Locks-of-Love. Read more
September represents so many things – the start of school, football season (go dawgs!), change of weather and sadly childhood cancer. This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
FACT: Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 15.
Over the next few weeks we are going to do something fun – as we bring awareness to this disease. We are going to feature some of the children who were busy over the summer helping Ben Towne Foundation. Their ideas and efforts were so extraordinary to us and proved what we know to be true: that kids can change the future of pediatric cancer. Kids can help kids. Empowered, small bodied, but big-minded philanthropists. We are grateful for their participation in this story and look forward to introducing you to a few of them here. Read more
When I was a Junior in college my best friend and college roommate, Luke Voiles, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. He went from being a 6 foot 3, 220lb freak-of-nature college athlete to a 100 lb shell of a man in just eleven months. After riding the rollercoaster with Luke, celebrating the highs of a liver transplant to morning the lows of feeding him strawberry yogurt just three days before he died, I made a promise to Luke and his legacy that I would do everything in my power to end this horrible disease. I shared Luke’s story with my class four years ago when I was having a really sad day. One of my students came up to me after class and asked me, “Why don’t you do something about it?” I took that challenge and ran with it. Every year since then I have held a fundraiser for various cancer research foundations. When my wife Leah told me about Ben Towne Foundation, I began reading about Ben and the family’s story. It hit home to me and Ben’s story was fairly similar to Luke’s. Read more
Recently Jackie and Skip hosted a fantastic cocktail/dessert party at which Dr. Jensen and the Townes were able to speak. Together, they were able to share about the future of pediatric cancer research and about the new Center for Childhood Cancer – which will be officially opened in July. Jackie and Skip invited their network of friends and colleagues for a fabulous evening at their home – and here is what Jackie had to say about it… Read more
I grew up with Carin – our families have been friends for years. I have read every blog update since Ben became ill, and the Towne family has constantly remained in my heart and mind. After having the honor of attending the amazing launch event in September, I felt driven to do something to help them and this important cause. Read more
Some of you may know that I have administered a March Madness basketball contest for over thirty years. This year is no different and I am excited about Selection Sunday and to make my picks!
I have decided this year to take a portion of the entry fee and donate to Ben Towne Foundation. Read more
When neuroblastoma hit a family so close to ours, I just could not believe the devastation it caused. As this disease took the life of Ben Towne it made me want to help in any way I could so that others would not have to go through what Carin, Jeff and their families were put through. Shortly after Ben’s death, neuroblastoma struck my own family as my cousin’s son Carter was diagnosed. Read more
A special birthday party Read more
Our greatest hope for this foundation is to be a voice for pediatric cancer research – a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. We will raise awareness by telling Ben’s story and sharing what is happening here in Seattle at the Center for Childhood Cancer. But this narrative is bigger than Ben. It is bigger than what happened to him. It has to be. It has to be the story of thousands of people who decide that children should not suffer and die from cancer and therefore do something about it.
Since our official launch in September there has been an incredible and enthusiastic response! We will be using “Stories” to highlight the ideas and ways in which people are making Ben Towne Foundation part of their family’s story. Read more