Our First Non-Profit:
“Helping one family at a time”
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and it is also the anniversary of the death of a very sweet little boy Isaiah Alonso. Just last September 10, 2010, Isaiah suddenly passed away from an aggressive form of cancer that went undiagnosed; he was only 6 years old.
Isaiah was a silly, typical little boy who loved superheroes and could often be seen sporting his favorite superhero costumes. This seemingly healthy little boy was full of life and had a contagious smile that would brighten any room. On September 3rd, 2010 his mom, took him to the doctor for a cough. She was told he had allergies and they were sent on their way. Just hours later, Isaiah collapsed at home and was rushed to the hospital because he’d stopped breathing and was unresponsive. Isaiah never regained consciousness and he passed in the arms of his mother.
Isaiah is the nephew of a dear old friend of mine, we haven’t seen each other in years but Sue Egeland Axelrod was always one of those people who shined. Awesome personality, made people feel liked and happy wherever she went, is a special person. I can only imagine how amazing her small nephew was and what a terrific Auntie she was to him and continues to be to this day.
She clearly has raised three wonderful children who emulate this same specialness. In the wake of the death of Isaiah all of Sue’s children, her husband and of course her sister who is Isaiah’s mother and brother-in-law (Isaiah’s Dad) have completely committed themselves to helping families with kids who have cancer.
Almost immediately after his death Cheryl and Vinnie Alonso created the registered public charity in the name of their son to help families battling childhood cancer. Headquartered in Kentucky, the mission of The Isaiah Alonso Foundation is to raise awareness for childhood cancer and to raise money to lighten the financial strain on families dealing with this type of crisis. The foundation provides financial assistance, as well as any other assistance necessary on an individual family basis. It is also part of their mission to focus on funding research for a cure for cancer. Raising awareness is critical to the fight in conquering childhood cancer and Isaiah’s team fights every day.
The foundation has provided financial assistance to seven deserving families, in less than a year, in need of financial support, as well as emotional support. No one is better suited to help a family in this beyond difficult spot than the Alonso clan.
Cancer is a brutal disease and when it is present in children, impacts the entire family. Parents need to care for their children around the clock and therefore may need to leave their jobs. The financial strain is enormous. Add to that the unbearable weight of knowing your child is very ill. The foundation is very focused on supporting the whole family and all the issues that arise under the conditions of childhood cancer in the family.
The Isaiah Alonso Foundation is also a sponsor for the Class of 2011 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which provides much needed research toward finding a cure. The foundation is not only sponsoring this event but Cheryl is shaving her head as one of this year’s class of the 46 Mommas. This event takes place on September 21, 2011 at Union Station in Washington D.C.
They will also be donating to The Kosair Children’s Hospital in Kentucky. This is where Isaiah was cared for, the Alonso’s are so grateful for the tremendous care he received at this facility.
The distribution of funds is:
- 80% directly to families battling childhood cancer for gas, bills, food, etc.
- 10% of net proceeds will be donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital where Isaiah received excellent care
- 10% towards funding the cure through St. Baldrick’s via sponsorship of the 46 Mommas.
This amazing family has established a well-organized foundation utilizing the talent and strengths within their very own family. Many families have been hit with this horrible loss and this foundation has focused on helping other families and in doing so it has helped their own family stay close together. Taking action and fighting back is the best way to remember their sweet boy. The family is very talented and every member, including Sue’s kids takes part in the organization.
The slogan is “Together we can make a difference, helping one family at a time”.
You can make a difference for kids with cancer:
- Please help IAF by:
- Purchasing one of the SariBlue T-shirts.
- All proceeds go directly to IAF.
- We have shirts for Men, Women and kids.
- We also have tanks for women that are super cool.
- Each shirt is $25.00
- If you make a purchase from SariBlue and would like to also donate to IAF please let me know in “notes to vendor” I can make that donation for you.
- If you make a purchase from SariBlue and want to donate to IAF by purchasing the IAF wristbands for $5 or information cards with a tiny cute gold cancer “ribbon” for $3 with your purchase please let me know in “notes to vendor”.
- If you would like to purchase our SUPERHERO Bracelet or order a T-Shirt please send Sari a direct message
- The SUPERHERO Bracelet was made especially in memory of Isaiah and is $35.00. The entire purchase of the bracelet will be donated directly to IAF.
- T-Shirts are $25.00 and for each T-Shirt you purchase we will donate $15.00 to IAF. Please specify the size shirt you want in Men’s, Women’s or kids.
If you prefer to donate directly please follow the link above to the IAF website.
Of course any questions please contact me. Thank you for your kindness and thinking of others and for remembering Isaiah.
Lots of luck and love,