5 Ways You Can Support Kids with Cancer
Summertime is finally here! This year, you and your family can turn your extra free time into fun-raisers for the Triumph Over Kid Cancer foundation! Below are five fun ways you can fundraise to support kids with cancer and help bring them joy this summer.
Lemonade stands, a summertime classic , are a great way to help raise funds for kids battling cancer. With a simple booth, lemonade of your choice and a sign showing support for TOKC, you are ready to quench the thirst of any lucky passersby. Help gather even more awareness for our cause by including information about our foundation on the cup or providing this brochure to customers!
Bake Sale or BBQ
Host your own bake sale like our supporters from the Kappa Psi, Epsilon Epsilon Chapter at Texas A&M University. From cookies to donuts, bake sales are an easy way to sweeten the lives of others, especially children battling pediatric cancer. Fancy yourself a pitmaster rather than a baker? Host a BBQ at a local park, selling food and drink tickets to park visitors.
A car wash is a classic way to help fundraise for TOKC during the summer heat. Work with local businesses on a busy street to use empty parking lot space for your car wash. Take your car wash up a notch by offering different levels of service for different donations. Advertise on social media with the location, suggested donation and hours. And don’t forget to check the weather for rain!
Water Balloon Fight
Cool off in the summer sun with a water balloon fight benefitting TOKC. Post flyers around the neighborhood and sell tickets to participate. You can even sell people their very own bucket of water balloons! Make it a competition between teams, a free-for-all or both! Step up the game by make an obstacle course with outdoor furniture.
Host a screening in a public park or work with a local business to create your own “drive-in” movie night. You can sell tickets for entry, popcorn and all the other memorable movie snacks. Choose a summer blockbuster or speak with TOKC about a free screening of “Until 20”, a documentary celebrating the life of our late co-founder, James Ragan.
However you choose to help this summer, your donations to Triumph Over Kid Cancer go directly to advancing life-saving research and treatments for pediatric cancer. If you would like assistance to help organizing your summer fundraiser for TOKC, contact us at 361-883-TOKC or email us at TOKC@TriumphOverKidCancer.org
How TOKC is Advancing Childhood Cancer
Shortly after our co-founder James Ragan was diagnosed with cancer, he celebrated his 14th birthday by having guests donate money instead of gifting presents. Little did we know that the 40,000 in donations given to M.D. Anderson and Driscoll Children’s Hospital was the start of the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation. Now 11 years later, our foundation has raised over 3 million dollars for pediatric cancer research which supports the discovery of innovative new treatments.
During James’ battle with cancer he discovered how little funding was dedicated to pediatric cancer research – only 4% of federal funding – meaning many drugs used for treatment were decades old and nothing new was being done. In light of this finding, James took charge, hosting another toga party fundraiser and adding in a golf tournament, raising over $100,000 for an underfunded research project at M.D. Anderson.
As our foundation grew, so did our ability to close the gap in research funding for pediatric cancer. Our first major initiative was to raise $1.5 million to fund the Children’s Sarcoma initiative – a pool of money to fund new research projects focusing on pediatric cancer – which was matched by M.D. Anderson.
In 2014, we launched our second major initiative with M.D. Anderson, The Childhood Genomic Research and Sequencing Project (GRASP). GRASP provides funds for the only longitudinal whole genome sequencing project targeting pediatric cancers. This project is one of the most promising steps to providing key underlying knowledge and understanding into potential pathways to cures. In 2017, we completed our three-year pledge to raise $1.5 million with the help of our supporters.
Now in 2018, we are continuing to advance progressive research into pediatric cancers. Thanks to the success of earlier research through TOKC’s Children’s Sarcoma Initiative, we’ve pledged another $1 million to fund a phase II drug trial at M.D. Anderson. This research will evaluate if inhibiting EZH2 activity in osteosarcoma cells can prevent the development of metastatic disease, potentially bringing new life-saving treatment to patients with osteosarcoma.
Additionally, we’ve pledged $1 million to the Childhood Cancer Cell Therapy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital. This program aims to translate highly promising cell-based immunotherapy approaches for incurable and hard-to-treat pediatric malignancies into effective therapies.
With the help of our community of supporters, our foundation has the potential to fund research that will increase the survivability of kids with cancer. If you would like to help be part of this mission you can become a TOKC volunteer or donate to our foundation.
Celebrating our DTOT! Graduates
Graduation season is around the corner, and we cannot help but celebrate our graduating DoThatOneThing! Council members!
Despite busy school schedules, these high school seniors have selflessly spent countless hours fighting pediatric cancer and making a difference in the community. Whether they are gifting presents to patients at local hospitals or volunteering at our events, these kids express a level of kindness and generosity that changes lives.
Back in April at our annual DTOT! Council banquet, the students presented us with a check for $3,390. The triumph of their fundraising efforts puts our foundation one step closer to advancing innovative new treatments for pediatric cancer.
Now, we get the chance to recognize their academic success, presenting a total of 173 chords to graduating senior council members throughout the month of May. Our students reach across 9 different Corpus Christi high schools including: Foy H. Moody High School, Incarnate Word Academy, W. B. Ray High School, Veterans Memorial High School, Richard King High School, London ISD, Mary Carroll High School, H.M. King High School and Roy Miller High School.
Some of our DTOT! Council members were given scholarships as a special way to thank them for going above and beyond in their support of TOKC. The James A. Ragan Humanitarian Award and the James & Mecklin Ragan Award for Courage are meant to recognize and celebrate our students’ academic success and dedication to James’ vision.
TOKC is thankful for everything our DTOT! Council members helped accomplish. We congratulate them and know that they will continue to do that one thing wherever they go next!
The DTOT! Councils are generously sponsored by H-E-B Tournament of Champions.
Scholarship recipients are listed below. Asterisk indicates scholarships awarded by the Hicks, Layton and Ragan Families. All other scholarships were donated by H-E-B- Tournament of Champions.
The James A. Ragan Humanitarian Award
The James & Mecklin Ragan Award for Courage
Cord recipients are listed below:
Jeremiah Guy-Williams, President
Shelby Rivera, President
H.M. King High School
Raquel Longoria, President
Ava Constant, President
Gabby Ward, President
King High School
Lauren Solis, President
Landen Ross, President
Emily Clower, President
Derek Curtis, President
Jolea Cortez, President
Gilbert Trevino, President
Carlos Davila Jr
Chase Cortese, President
Juan De la Garza
Sam Susser, President
Sarah Marsh, President
Alicia Gomez, President
Antonio Noyola – Alaniz
Ashleigh Barrera, President
Michelle Nasser – S
Meet TOKC's 2018 James' Wingman!
In 2014, Triumph Over Kid Cancer created the James’ Wingman Program. Each year, our foundation adopts a kid to be the face of childhood cancer for TOKC — a child who reminds us why we do the work that we do. The program’s purpose is to make sure that the next time there was a child with cancer, their story wouldn’t end the same way James’ did.
Emma’s battle with childhood cancer started at birth. At 1 day old, she was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital with a large mass that deformed her chest. At just 6 days old, Emma underwent a biopsy that uncovered the daunting truth of her sickness. Emma was diagnosed with Spindle Cell Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare variant of childhood cancer. She soon underwent chemo treatment for months, along with another resection 6 months into her treatment. Finally, she was able to finish her first protocol in early May 2018.
In spite of all of this, Emma and her family remain positive and hopeful for her future. She is a fighter whose courage inspires the passion our foundation was built upon. This is why we pledge to the Childhood Cancer Cell Therapy Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and a Phase II trial for lung metastases at M.D. Anderson. Each of these projects has the potential to create major breakthroughs in the treatment and cure of multiple orphan pediatric cancers, with funds received being matched by the institution. With these advancements, we hope to provide Emma with the treatment that gives her hope for a brighter future.
We are very excited that Emma and her family have chosen to join the TOKC family.
Without our amazing volunteers and DoThatOneThing! members, TOKC wouldn’t be able to make the impact we do for the children we serve. They walk alongside kids during a time of unimaginable difficulty and selflessly devote their time towards a greater cause
Anybody can be a volunteer, it takes nothing more than compassion and a desire to change the lives of others. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we are sharing ways that volunteering will brighten your life, as well as the lives of others.
From assisting with fundraising to visiting children in the hospital, volunteers help save lives by filling a need. Kids with cancer find hope and encouragement in knowing that others care about them enough to help them fight for their lives. The events that raise funds to fight childhood cancer always need volunteers to continue the success of our foundation.
The social impact of volunteering is endless. By working together for a greater purpose, you empower others and strengthen the bond of the community. The relationships you form will be everlasting and truly transform a community for the better.
Nobody forgets a person who puts a smile on their face. Kids with cancer face difficult days while undergoing treatment and anyone who can brighten their day will find a spot in their heart forever. These are memories that will last a lifetime.
Every hour that you spend as a volunteer for a charity will make a difference for someone. At TOKC, our volunteers and DoThatOneThing! members get a once in a lifetime chance to inspire and be inspired by the children they help save.
Grow with TOKC
Over the years, TOKC has become a spirit of hope for children and families fighting pediatric cancer. The tree in our logo embodies this spirit, symbolizing life and strength that grows steadfast in the face of challenges, just like the patients we fight for.
With the help of our supporters and their donations, we’ve funded over $3 million of research to improve the treatment and survivability of pediatric cancer. Because our supporters have helped us to grow into what we are today, we wanted to give you some ways for you to blossom with us!
Invest in a Good Cause
Focus on Helping Others
Positively impacting the lives of those in need has been proven to foster happiness. Helping others and volunteering your time promotes a greater sense of community and purpose. You can volunteer to help spread awareness about pediatric cancer or help us fundraise to increase the survivability and treatment of pediatric cancers.
Believe in Yourself
Trust your ability to achieve your goals and make a positive impact in the world. Look to individuals, like pediatric cancer patients, who have faced impossible challenges to show you that anything is possible!
Face Your Fears
Conquering even our smallest fears prove that you have the strength to overcome obstacles. The patients that we work with embody this strength, carrying the weight of unimaginable circumstance with a smile on their face. If they can, so can you!
Be Mindful of Yourself and Others
Focusing on the moment helps you appreciate what you have. With this perspective, we are better equipped to take on the world and help others that are in need.
We hope that in your growth, you help others like pediatric cancer patients blossom into the inspiring adults they hope to be one day. By helping TOKC, you can provide funds necessary for research to end pediatric cancer and make these kids’ hope a reality.
Spread the Love
We at TOKC work hard year-round to show our love for our community and the children that we fight to save. In honor of valentine season, we invite you to help share the love with TOKC in these simple ways:
Make a Patient Your Valentine
Help lift their spirits by making a pediatric cancer patient your valentine. Write a letter, get some holiday candy and deliver them to a patient and watch their face light up with love! For information on patients to make your valentine, please contact us.
Fundraise the Love
You can help spread the love by fundraising for TOKC in your community. Plan an event or sell valentine – themed items to raise funds for TOKC and our mission. Here are some helpful starters:
- Host a community couples party dinner party with admission benefiting TOKC
- Sell chocolates and flowers to benefit TOKC
- Sell love cards and poems that benefit TOKC
Donate in the Name of a Loved One
This year make donations to TOKC in the name of your valentine. Together, you and your significant other can commit to sharing your love with those in need. Any amount helps make our mission a possibility.
We have an endless amount of love to give and there are countless ways it can be expressed. Take this valentine season to help TOKC spread the love to pediatric cancer patients.
Ringing in the New Year with TOKC
January is all about making positive progress. This year, our New Year’s resolution is to raise more awareness and funding for pediatric cancer than ever before. But we need your help. By committing your resolutions to TOKC, together we can accomplish a greater purpose by helping those battling pediatric cancer!
How to Help:
So you’ve decided to commit your resolution to our cause. But where do you start? Here are some helpful, simple suggestions to get the ball rolling:
Donations don’t have to be big to make a difference. Try donating a week’s worth of coffee purchases every couple of months. Any amount helps fund research into pediatric cancer.
Try trading a few hours of T.V. a month and volunteer for TOKC. Not only does it help raise awareness, it’s a lot of fun too! Check out some of our recent volunteer work.
Renew some of your forgotten weekend hobbies into fundraising efforts for TOKC! With everything from toga parties to lemonade stands, there countless ways to help a great cause.
Some resolutions are hard to make stick. But with TOKC, your effort won’t be wasted. Choose to make your New Year’s resolution with Triumph Over Kid Cancer and make an everlasting change in the lives of pediatric cancer patients.
#DoThatOneThing for Kids with Cancer
Christmas is the time of year we can lift the spirits of those who need it most. Here are 5 ways to #DoThatOneThing and bring joy to pediatric cancer patients.
Send a card or letter to a pediatric cancer patient
Kids with cancer suffer both isolation from their family and physical effects of their disease. A simple letter can help brighten their holiday. You can make a difference by sending letters to TOKC at 723 Coleman Ave, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.
Learn about pediatric cancer
Simply learning about pediatric cancer helps raise awareness for these diseases and allows you to become the voice patients can’t provide on their own. Here are helpful links to get started:
Organize your own fundraiser with TOKC
You can bring joy to kids with cancer this holiday by organizing your own fundraiser with TOKC. From golf tournaments to toga parties, there is always exciting ways to volunteer and we’re here to help every step of the way!
Charitable giving to support pediatric cancer research
Big or small, donations are essential to increase the survivability of pediatric cancer. Also, the TOKC shop is filled with gifts that give back, with proceeds going directly back to research funding.
Volunteer with TOKC to raise awareness
Volunteering your time is a great way to help kids with cancer. TOKC believes it’s the Texas communities that help drive the success of our foundation. Email TOKC to have your name added to our volunteer list!
Even better, all monies raised through charitable giving and volunteering in benefit of TOKC is matched dollar-for-dollar! So, take today to #DoThatOneThing and spread joy to children with cancer!
Gift Hope to Pediatric Cancer Patients
The holidays are here! During this time we get to express our love through gift giving. How can you make this holiday even more special? Through charitable giving with Triumph Over Kid Cancer!
Give Gifts With a Greater Purpose
Through charitable giving, you make a positive impact on the kids and families battling childhood cancer. Your donations and purchases from our shop help fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer, helping extend the lives of these children and giving them hope for their future. Here are a couple of our favorite gift ideas which will continue to raise awareness and support for our cause!
- Christmas Ornaments – create a special holiday memory!
- Stuffed Animals – a new friend for your little loved one!
- Stocking Stuffers –phone covers and wristbands as low as $1!
You Get a Tax Deduction
You Help Fund Pediatric Cancer Research
All your contributions to Triumph Over Kid Cancer help fund a million dollar project that gives researchers greater insight into pediatric cancer. MD Anderson Cancer Center also matches our funding dollar-for-dollar. This means your support helps find new treatments and ultimately extends the lives of kids with cancer, giving them the chance for even more holidays to come.