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Patty O’Leary on the Jamie Meloni radio show – 1250 WHNZ Impact Radio

June 26, 2014 in general, news about us by admin


The second guest on Jamie Meloni's radio show on Monday, 23rd June, was the one and only Patty O'Leary with the Children's Cancer Center! Patty is an inspiration to all of us in Tampa Bay with all of the work she has done for the community. Way to go Patty!

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“A Prom to remember for Bay Area Teens with Cancer” – TBO / Tampa Tribune

June 18, 2014 in general, news about us by admin


TAMPA – Some giggled. Some flirted. Some boogied the night away.

In many respects, Friday evening’s prom at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore was like any other: Loud music, lots of dancing, lots of chaperons. One thing was different, though — all the teens were or had been fighting cancer or serious blood disorders.

Side effects of their treatment kept some of the kids away from their traditional high school proms, so a local philanthropic group of businesswomen called High Hopes in High Heels stepped in, hosting a ‘Casino Royale’-themed prom for teenage patients at the Children’s Cancer Center.

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“Tampa cancer fundraiser has gooey finale” – NBC NEWS WFLA

June 17, 2014 in general, news about us by admin

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor was among the local personalities to slither down an oily slide into a pool of chilled Jell-O as part of the cancer fundraiser. TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tampa cancer fundraiser has gooey finale



TAMPA — More than 120 people helped raise almost $100,000 for the Children’s Cancer Center, and on Saturday they were rewarded with a dunk in a 2,000-gallon vat of goo.

Participants in this year’s Children’s Cancer Center Gelatin Plunge lined up on steps to the blue slide — it was pre-greased with vegetable oil — then slithered down into an the above-ground pool full of chilled orange Jell-O.

All of the money raised will go directly to the center, which provides financial, educational and emotional support to children diagnosed with cancer.

“We’re raising money in a way that allows these kids to participate and have fun,” said Patty O’Leary, chief operation officer of the organization.

To take a turn down the slide, individuals had to raise $500 and each member of a team had to raise $300. The event was held outside The Drynk on South Howard Avenue.

Well-known local figures — including Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Bay area radio personalities — also took the plunge.

“I didn’t think it would be that cold,” said John Velazquez, who went down the slide twice on behalf of his team from Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

After the plungers climbed out of the pool, they stepped into a blue kiddie pool where Tampa Fire Rescue volunteers hosed off the Jell-O.

Last year’s gelatin was blue and unscented, said Jennifer Versaggi, chair of the event. The plungers were much happier with this year’s orange, citrus-scented Jell-O.

The number of participants also was double last year’s tally, she said.

“This is just another way to support our families,” Versaggi said.

Aaron Klingebiel, 15, couldn’t participate last year because he was in a hospital, said his mother, Jen Klingebiel. This year he was able to go down the slide.

Their family came this year to support the organization, which has provided support since Aaron was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few years ago, Jen Klingebiel said. The group does good work for families that need it.

“It’s important to have other people who know what you’re going through,” she said.


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Otto: Children’s Cancer Center made connection with teen patient

May 28, 2014 in general, news about us by admin

By Steve Otto | Tribune staff 
Published: May 4, 2014

The first thing I thought about, other than it now has been 40 years, was Bobby Holton.
This Thursday, the Children’s Cancer Center on Cypress Street is hosting an appreciation event that will include an award for Dr. Janifer Judisch, co-founder of the center. She’s expected to attend.
It was back in 1982 when I got the call at my desk from Bobby Holton.
You have to understand that newspaper columnists don’t get too many calls from 16-year-old boys. More often it’s from someone on the back side of 60 chewing me out for not understanding the big picture or anything else.
Teens are most likely to read the sports page, if anything. But the caller was all business. He said…FOR THE FULL ARTICLE PELASE CLICK HERE


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Art as part of the healing process – the CCC featured on 83 Degrees Media

March 11, 2014 in general, news about us by admin

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The CCC appears on GMA!

January 27, 2014 in general, news about us, news from us by admin

The Children's Cancer Center and two of its families – the Scheerhorns and LeSpatas – appeared on Good Morning America and also ABC World News with Diane Sawyer as the story of FSU Lineman Mikey Scheerhorn's generosity went viral!

Mikey is no stranger to the CCC. His brother Daniel is now a survivor of brain cancer, and Mikey, Daniel and the entire Scheerhorn family continue to be served by teh support programs of the CCC.

When Mikey learned that his team – the FSU Seminoles – were to play in the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA., Mikey decided this was the perfect chance for him to 'pay forward' the support he received from the CCC…

…So he offered us two exclusive tickets to the game for one of our parents and children currently on treatment. What's more, the generous hearted lineman wanted to raise the necessary funds to send the family to the game – all expenses paid.

So we helped him set up a crowdrise page to crowdfund…and watched as he not only raised the anticipated expenses of $5,000, but exceeded over $12,000, the balance going into other CCC family programs.

The rest is now viral history. The story ran on local Fox news, Bay News 9, Tallahasse's NBC station, a plethora of more than 50 major websites…

…And then came the call from Good Morning America producer, Emily Stanitz, and Mikey, Jayden (the patient recipient who won the essay competition for this FSU fan's chance of a lifetime) and the CCC were suddenly in the national spotlight.

We couldn't be more proud of Mikey, the Scheerhorns, the LeSpata family and everyone here at the Center who made all of this possible.

Oh yes, and we should add a roaring, "GO NOLES!" to the new Florida State BCS Champions!


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CCC on Good Morning America & World News with Diane Sawyer!

January 13, 2014 in general, news about us by admin

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Jan 10th, 2014 –  By ABC News

ABC News’ Josh Elliott reports:

As an offensive lineman for the Florida State University football team, Michael Scheerhorn, a sophomore, knows how physical the game can be.

But for 12-year-old Jayden, a lifelong Seminoles fan who suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, it’s Scheerhorn’s strength of character that stands out.

It turns out that like Jayden, Scheerhorn’s brother, Daniel, was also diagnosed with cancer at a young age and Scheerhorn saw first-hand what it means to fight the disease and overcome odds.

“My brother is lucky as he can be,” Scheerhorn told ABC News. “He’s 22-years-old now, thriving in college and doing all these great things. And there’s people that weren’t as fortunate and lost a child, lost a brother, child, something, and that changed me.”

So when it came to tonight’s BCS title game between FSU and Auburn, Scheerhorn decided to allocate two of his personal tickets to Jayden and her mother, Jenny, making the girl’s dream come true of being able to attend the big game.

And to make sure their expenses were taken care of, Scheerhorn took to the Internet, raising more than $12,000 for Laspada’s family.

“The fact that I’m in the position to do something special for somebody who has gone through the same hell that we have, it really blew me away,” Scheerhorn explained.

The moment Jayden and her mom met Scheerhorn for the first time at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif., he told them how happy he was to have them in attendance.

“This is Jayden’s first Seminole game,” her mother, Jenny, said.

“Really?,” Scheerhorn replied. “Wow. Glad you got to come to this one.”

Jayden was thrilled for the opportunity, saying it was “really, really cool” to meet Scheerhorn because she’d never met any “famous” football players before.

“It’s uplifting and it makes me feel loved,” she added about all her supporters that helped her combat her illness and make this trip a possibility.

Although the national championship game between Florida State and Auburn isn’t until later this evening, Scheerhorn is already a big winner in Laspada’s eyes.

“Most people don’t get to walk onto the Rose Bowl and I’m blown away that I get to do it, I’m blown away that she gets to do it and that just makes me happy that someone else gets to feel the same happiness that I do,” said Scheerhorn.

Fulfilling Jayden's dream was made possible by the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa who connected Scheerhorn and Laspada, whose cancer is now in remission.