Event at Amy's Cafe

The support from local businesses following the article in the Free Lance Star is beyond overwhelming. Last week, during a meeting with Amy Johnson, who owns Amy's Cafe, we were offered use of her restaurant for a fundraiser. We were ecstatic that she was once again opening her huge heart and restaurant to help local efforts to support families in treatment for pediatric cancer. Immediately, I started making plans, thinking back to the event last year and trying to figure out what to replicate, and what could be improved on as FGP did their first ever fundraiser...oh the possibilities....

A few days later, a woman stopped by for something unrelated to our upcoming fundraiser and shared with me what an amazing family her neighbors, the Beltrans, are and how much pediatric cancer has impacted their family financially. You see, her five year old neighbor, Dominic, is facing cancer for the 3rd time in his young life. She talked about how much she wanted to do more for this family but couldn't figure out how. I got a pit in my stomach and understood just where she was coming from. I had been there before as I watched my friends face pediatric cancer. I knew in that moment that FGP needed to help them. The reality is that FGP doesn't need proceeds from a big fundraiser because our community is taking care of us.

I called Stephanie to see what she thought about having the bulk of the proceeds benefit Dominic and his family and she agreed that it made more sense to help this family than Fairy Godmother Project. So, we worked out the logistics, created a google doc to organize the donations, Stephanie got started on the flier and we scheduled a planning meeting.

Through the event, we will raise money to help Dominic and his family as they travel to NY for treatment. Beginning in November, Dominic, his baby brother and his mom will pay $35 a night to stay at the Ronald McDonald house. Initially that doesn't sound like that much but over time it will add up. We are hopeful that the proceeds of this event will help cover the cost of their housing during their 2-3 week stays in NY month after month.

What can you do to help?

Spread the word by telling friends and family about the event.

Donate items to be used for raffles or silent auction.

Donate money to go toward the event.

Buy Tickets $20 per person or $35 per couple by hitting the donate button below. Your name will be on a list at the door at Amy's.

Thank you in advance for being part of this event!!

****All donations are tax deductible*****


WOW! Our Volunteer Training filled up super fast! The room we reserved at the library only had 20 spots and guess what? All 20 are filled! We have another training coming up on November 7, 2011.

Here is the evite if you are in Fredericksburg and interested in attending. Again, we only have 20 spaces which go quickly!

Looking forward to meeting all of our new volunteers!!

Front Page!!!

We were featured on the front page of our local paper, The Free Lance Star. The outpouring of support has been amazing but we really are hoping for even more so we can help even more families! Check out the article here.
We are continuing to look for business partnerships and volunteers but so far we have support from:
C & T Produce
Moms of Fredericksburg
Merry Maids
J.Brian's Taproom

And a business owner who has requested that he remain anonymous but so far has gifted us:
CSA from C & T
Gift cards for gas cards for families
Funds for lawns and cleaning
And SO much more!

Want to see your business on here? Please get in touch via phone:
(540) 751-8347
or via email:
Many things are happening at Fairy Godmother Project:
1. We are now a program of Journey 4 A Cure
2. We are establishing relationships with businesses to help service more families who have children going through pediatric cancer treatment.
3. We are in the planning phases of a Northern Virginia/DC area volunteer training.
4. We continue to cook, clean and give gift certificates to families.
5. We have photo sessions in all different phases (completed, planned, and editing)

Things are moving along and, as a result, our need for volunteers and donors continues to grow.
There are numerous ways for people to get involved.

1. Donate! We can always use money to purchase gift cards, care packages, offset the cost of meals, and other services. Donations are now tax deductible. Please send donations to:
Journey 4 A Cure, Inc.
43300-116 Southern Walk Plaza #649
Broadlands, VA 20148

Please put FGP in the memo line.
1. We need meal makers for the families we service. If you don't have time to cook, soon we will have a donation opportunity with some of our business partners. Essentially, you will be able to buy a meal for a family!! Will have details soon!
2. We need people who can commit to cleaning once a month.
3. We need businesses to be either sponsors (give money!!) or to provide services. Specifically we need:
a. Landscapers/ Lawn service business
b. Hair Stylists
c. House Cleaning Businesses
d. Grocery Stores
e. Farms (we would LOVE a CSA to share with families)
f. Other (can you think of anything that might help these families??)
4. Help getting a program off the ground that focuses on the siblings of the children with pediatric cancer.

Let us know if you can help in any way!!
If you are a family in treatment for pediatric cancer, please click here to request our services (presently we are only providing services between Richmond and DC). And if you have extra time, click here and share with us about your experiences in order to help make our program better!

Have a great day!!