We are proud to introduce a new feature which allows us to recognize members of the CKc community who have rolled-up their sleeves and inspired us with their actions! The CKc community is 21,000+ strong, but it is the individual stories of grass-roots efforts from around the globe that connect us and remind us how incredibly blessed we are to have each of you along side of us as we fight to change the face of pediatric research. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing...
The CKc Community Member Spotlight
Amanda Vargas joins the CKc Community from Chicago, IL. She learned of Cannon's story via Facebook and started following his journey shortly after diagnosis. Amanda is a mom to six children and told us, "I’m not sure what I would be without the role of Mom." She was heartbroken by Cannon's story and knew she wanted to do something to help.
Amanda works for ComEd, a unit of Exelon Corp. (A Fortune 500 company), and found out the company offers an employee giving program which matches dollar for dollar for charitable giving to non-profit 501(c)3 charities (Hint: Many companies offer similar programs! Make an inquiry at your workplace!). Amanda worked with Team CKc to file the needed paperwork with her company to allow funds to be directed towards CKc. Amanda then helped spread the word about CKc to her co-workers, but she still wanted to do more.
Amanda took the initiative to get a display table set up at her company-wide United Way giving campaign kick off event so she could reach even more employees and bring awareness to CKc and the need for funding pediatric cancer research. She made posters, printed copies of the CKc fact sheet available on our web site and decorated the table with gold balloons. She volunteered her time to be a voice for childhood cancer, and we are so grateful! Amanda spoke with many people, directed them to the CKc web site, talked about our book, and educated people on how to make a donation through our website or through the ComEd employee giving program.
Amanda did such a great job she was invited to attend two more United Way employee giving campaign events in the Chicago area! She was even invited to give a short speech at the final event. Amanda told us that making a speech came easier to her than she originally thought it would. "Speaking from the heart is pretty easy," she said.
Amanda’s efforts have the ability to reach hundreds of new people who may have never heard of CKc before or why we do what we do. Amanda, it is people like you who inspire us to keep fighting as hard as we can!!
From Team CKc, thank you, Amanda, from the bottom of our hearts for helping us fight the fight and for being a valuable member of the CKc community!