Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Extends Gold Ribbon Campaign to Oct. 15th Raising Funds for Families Who Have a Child with Cancer during a Pandemic

$250,000 of $265,000 Dollars Raised to Date and Nonprofit looks to Close the Gap

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) has campaigned all September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to raise money for children facing cancer during COVID-19. They are only $15,000 away from meeting their Gold Ribbon Campaign (GRC) goal and they have extended their campaign to Oct. 15th to help meet it.

“We are truly ecstatic that we have come so close to our goal this year,” said Eryn Shugart, Interim Executive Director, TBCF. “We knew, because of the constraints of the pandemic, that we were up against a challenge this year and we are so grateful to our supporters to ensure we close the gap.  We feel confident that extending this campaign will put us over the top.”

Each year, TBCF hosts their annual Gold Ribbon Campaign throughout the month of September to raise funds during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month but due to COVID-19, the annual in-person Gold Ribbon Luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore has been cancelled. Each year, the Gold Ribbon Luncheon is a major source of funding for the nonprofit.  This year, the Campaign solely focused on raising funds and awareness for the organization and the families they serve.  

Just imagine having a child with cancer during this COVID-19 crisis–a pandemic that is leading to job loss or insecurity, financial hardship, mounting health concerns, and an overworked and exhausted health care community. Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation families have been hit doubly hard as they navigate both COVID-19 and having a child with cancer. Community support has made it possible for TBCF to provide additional financial assistance to 31 local families who have been severely affected by the pandemic. 

Since the start of the pandemic, TBCF has been providing even more services for families, including money for rent assistance, grocery gift cards, additional emotional support groups with licensed therapists, virtual and in-person tutoring, meal and care package delivery, and virtual family fun events to keep their kids engaged. 

To make a donation and help support children facing pediatric cancer during COVID-19, please visit TBCF at https://www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org/2020-gold-ribbon-campaign

About TBCF  

TBCF advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support. For more information and to donate, please visit: https://bit.ly/31I8Gkm   

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