“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African Proverb
At no time, is it truer than when caring for a child with cancer.
Life as you know it has changed in an instant, and what you do as a parent, grandparent, neighbor or friend changes too. There is much to be done when caring for a seriously ill child and special moments like holiday celebrations, movie nights and birthday parties can fall to the wayside to make way for the more pressing matters.
Childhood should be a time reserved for making joyous memories, but for a child with cancer it can mean missing out on so many things that every child deserves. That is why a portion of our support is dedicated to improving the lives of children while they are in treatment.
We offer a variety of ways to get involved, to help bring comfort and smiles to these special children and their families:
The Promise Circle
The Promise Circle is a dedicated group of donor-volunteers who work within their local communities to provide activities and events for children throughout treatment. Members of the Promise Circle help to fund these activities through their own annual contributions and through fundraisers organized in their local communities.
The Promise Circle has three chapters located in the District of Columbia, North Carolina and Texas.
The Promise Circle encourages those that share the same passion to get involved and join today. There are three membership levels available to accommodate personal interest and commitment level. If you would like information about joining a chapter in your community, email Trish Kriger.
Founded at the Texas Chapter of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Promise Circle, the quilting project began in 2011. What started out as a handful of dedicated quilters producing quilts in support of Jeff’s Rwanda initiative has now grown into a nationwide effort. Over the past five years the quilting program has produced over 700 quilts. The majority of which were delivered by Jeff, his family, and Foundation staff to children receiving treatment at the new pediatric cancer center at the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda.
In 2013 the effort was expanded to produce quilts for patients at our partner hospitals in Austin and Indianapolis. The quilts were so warmly and enthusiastically received that The Promise Circle has decided to continue producing quilts for the children being treated at all of our Promise Circle partner hospitals. This expanded effort means that we will need to recruit more volunteer quilters, as well as help fundraise to defray costs for our volunteers who purchase quilting supplies themselves.
If you would like to join our team of amazing quilters, email Rita Barrett.