"The Colors of Courage" offers a day of inspirational messages and fundraising on Sunday, April 13. The event was inspired by St. Vincent High School student Delaney Frye, who is currently battling thyroid cancer.
From 1 to 5 p.m. at the high school, the community can come out to hear live music from Papa Noir and Timothy O'Neil, take part in family activities and a raffle, and hear the stories of other local cancer survivors. Guests are asked to bring an appetizers or side dish to share. The day aims to raise funds for children in the UCSF Pediatric Oncology Unit, where Frye has been receiving treatment for her cancer. With the help of fellow students and cancer survivors, Ellie O'Neill and Victor Mattais, Frye will be collecting cash and prizes for chronically ill young people.
The prizes, which can include art supplies, gift cards or toys, are given to children when they complete a major procedure such as a surgery. "When Delaney was at UCSF, she said the prize closet was nearly empty, so we're hoping to refill it," said Krista Gawronski, who with her nonprofit The Fabulous Women, is helping to coordinate the day with the students.
The cash donations will benefit the nonprofit Little Wishes, which is based in San Francisco and provides chronically ill young patients with creature comforts to make their hospital stays brighter. Donations will also go toward Frye's mounting medical bills.
The Fabulous Women will be selling balloons of different colors to represent different types of cancer (for example pink would represent breast cancer). Attendees will be invited to purchase a balloon, which will be released following the speeches at 3 p.m.
"This isn't about one type of cancer, this is about how cancer affects all our lives," Gawronski said.
"That's why it's called -#8216;The Colors of Courage.'"
For more information or to donate, call Sandra Fetter at 415-320-2550 or visit thefabulouswomen.com.
St Vincent is located at 849 Keokuk St.