three years

Our son Ben died three years ago today. This spring we will cross the milestone of having been without him longer than we were with him. How could this be? It seems impossible. So much has happened since that horrible night when we were launched into this new life. We could never have imagined what has unfolded when we first began to dream of a movement against childhood cancer. But as we reflect on it today, we find ourselves a bit in awe and desiring once again to offer up our thanks to all of you.

Thank you for reading, for “liking”, for forwarding, for coming, for listening, for giving, for sharing, for planning, for dreaming, for remaining – for hoping with us.  Your participation in 2011 was inspiring. 600 of you at the Cars 2 event, 900 at our benefit, and so many willing to use their own networks and celebrations to further our mission. We have highlighted many of them on our blog and Facebook – but there are many more like these:

Leslie in Princeton, NJ – honored our foundation at her 50th Birthday
Aaron & Ellen in San Francisco – asked in lieu of gifts for people to make donations at their wedding
Jenn – coordinated a team at Microsoft to “knock out cancer” during their giving campaign
Annie – wrote about our work on her blog
Mollie and Heidi – gave generously from their own Stella & Dot proceeds
Jeane – once again used her annual Christmas party as a chance to give
Kirstin in Bristol, UK encouraged her family to celebrate her 21st Birthday with a gift to BTF
Dana – “the Possessionista” shared about us with her 20,000 Twitter followers

And so many others…like you.

Together this calendar year we have raised 1 million dollars towards curing childhood cancer! This is incredible and we are so grateful for the hearts and generosity of all of those who have contributed. Yet, we know that there is much more work to be done. We know that today a family will receive the news that their child has cancer. Today someone’s baby will receive his or her angel wings. Today cancer still remains the number one disease killer of our children. Three years ago today – it took our child. And so we press on. We remain committed to the work that is happening here in Seattle on behalf of children everywhere. Believing that there will come a day when a family will hear the words, “The bad news is your child has cancer. The good news is we can cure them.”

Onward. To 2012…

There will be much to accomplish and much to celebrate in the New Year. We have a very exciting announcement to make in January! So stay tuned via our blog, Facebook or on our website.

In the meantime, Happy New Year. Our best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and meaningful 2012. Thank you for making Ben Towne Foundation part of your lives.

With Gratitude,
Jeff & Carin Towne