Crops for Cancer

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Crops for Cancer

From Greg Stocker

Raising money to buy gifts (stuffed animals, games, art supplies, etc.) for children undergoing chemotherapy and their siblings.

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In the Fall of 2020, my then-12-year-old daughter Cassidy was diagnosed with brain cancer. After nearly 18 months of chemo and an immense amount of support from friends and family, we are very fortunate that Cassidy's tumor has been stable for almost 20 months!  She has been able to rejoin school, see friends, travel, train for cross-country, sing, act, play with her service dog (Sophie), and enjoy so many other "typical" activities.

Through her own chemo, Cassidy raised over $10,000 by auctioning her paintings to help other children and their families fight their own battles. Each chemo visit, Cassidy brought a carload of stuffed animals, toys, and other gifts, hoping to brighten someone's day. 

My wife Shannon, a children's author, wrote two books during this journey to give a voice to children (and families) fighting their own battle to ring the bell. WARRIOR: A PATIENT'S COURAGEOUS QUEST, hit shelves this July, and a second book will be announced in the near future. 

To honor Cassidy's efforts, and to continue raising awareness about this horrible disease, we are starting another fundraiser where our entire family can contribute. 

We are calling the campaign Crops for Cancer.

I've been growing a large variety of peppers for several years, partly to help provide a healthy hobby for me to process the stress that comes along with having a child with cancer. Two years ago, I started dehydrating peppers, creating custom blends, & sharing them with friends and family. Cassidy, her brother Tye, and Shannon all have helped each year with growing and harvesting our crops.

Crops for Cancer is a fundraiser to raise money for GIFTS for young warriors currently battling cancer and their siblings, who share this burden. We want to continue the mission that Cassidy started several years ago. 

All profits will go to purchase gifts for children with cancer and their siblings. We will hand deliver the gifts to Cincinnati Children's Hospital or Norton's Children's Hospital in Louisville, on dates of Cassidy's MRIs or appointments, and post details on the donations once completed. We want everyone to share in the joy that the donations will undoubtedly bring.

All spices, the spice rack, the books, and the paintings will ship in early 2024. (See "Giving Levels" on the right for details)

Thanks so much for joining us on this important journey!

Greg, Shannon, Cassidy & Tye

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