40 years strong

When I told people we were going to be hosting a luncheon for the Founders and early CURE families the day before the Recipe for a CURE Sunday Brunch, they all thought I was crazy. Why would I ever plan such an important event the day before our biggest fundraising event of the year, especially with such a small staff working on both projects? I can now reflect on the decision to host the Founders’ Luncheon since we are a couple weeks out (and I’ve caught my breath!). Being in the presence of the families who gave so much of themselves to ensure future families would be helped was awe-inspiring. And I’m not just saying that. I cannot imagine going through such an incredibly difficult time in my life and turning it into something that has helped thousands of families over the past 40 years. I can’t fathom. But they did it.

The original Founders are:

Mr and Mrs. Ed Sewell

Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Sittser

Mr. and Mrs. Mac Stutzman

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wheat

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koch

Mr. and Mrs. James Harper

Mr. and Mrs. John Sturge

Mrs. Diana Spengler

Mrs. Ann Dombroski

Mrs. Maureen Derleth

Mrs. Betty Rockford

Ms. Jo-Ann Belle Isle

and Ms. Barbara Conradt

YOU have all made a tremendous difference in the lives of parents hearing those dreaded words “Your child has cancer” or “Your child has a chronic blood disorder”. We at CURE would like to honor the memory of your little fighters who were taken too soon. We wouldn’t exist without their fight. We wouldn’t exist without YOUR fight. You built the foundation of an organization with the mission of advocating for parents and their children. I truly feel we have honored your mission and continued it, if not expanded upon it. We are here for these families and will do whatever we can to ease the burden they find themselves under – using the foundation you built as our guide. It was life changing meeting these Founders and early families…these parents who gave so much of themselves to help every family being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital for pediatric cancer or chronic blood diseases.

CURE is a unique organization. I am constantly in awe of the people I have the privilege of meeting. It is amazing to me that families who are experiencing some of the most difficult and trying times of their lives want to help others undergoing similar circumstances. But that is the norm. CURE parents want to reach out to other parents and help however they can. CURE parents want to sponsor other CURE families during the holidays. CURE parents want to participate in events and fundraisers we hold, even creating some of their own. CURE parents are heroes. CURE parents are strong. CURE parents show compassion for one another and lend an ear or share a hug when they can. YOU are all incredible. Thank you for being an inspiration to those around you.

We are committed to helping families during the most difficult days of their lives and will continue to fulfill the legacy left by these original little fighters until no parent has to hear those horrible words again because a cure has been discovered.