Publix raises over $28,000

March 28, 2014 in general, news from us



The amazing folks at PUBLIX made a visit to the Center this week to donate a check for over $28,000! The revenue comes from the Children's Cancer Center Holiday Cards and annual Calendar program – the products of which have retailed at over 105 PUBLIX Super Markets for nearly three decades of holiday seasons.

The annual campaign is not only one of our most traditional, it is also one of the keystones of the CCC annual fundraising budget and we couldn't reach our goal without their help!

The PUBLIX stores' generous giving back policy means that each super market sells our Holiday Cards and Calendar without deducting any percentage whatsoever for their efforts…the Children's Cancer Center retains 100%. Which means that the price you pay for your cards is the amount of money we receive as a donation!

Thank you PUBLIX! Now that's shopping with pleasure!

     - CCC

The CCC appears on GMA!

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

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!


Linda Novak raises $765

July 17, 2013 in general, news from us

Inspired by a recent volunteer visit to the Children;s Cacner Center with her company, the Hyatt, Linda decided she wanted – she needed – to do more for our children and families.

Discovering our upcoming renovation plans for our learning library within the CCC, Linda approached Magnolia Pointe Country Club to host a fundraiser. Linda garnered vouchers from retailers and restaurants for raffle prizes, and set up a table and booth poolside at the Country Club. Coupled with a lot of donations from her fellow colleagues at the Hyatt, Linda raised a whopping $765 from her efforts and proves once again that every single person CAN make a difference!

Our chidlren and families, as well as our staff, are ever grateful to Linda and her spirit of caring.

Thank you Linda! Your conscientious determination will live on through books and resource materials in our new library which opens later this year!

Gracias Taco Bell!

April 5, 2012 in news from us

Taco Bell donates $7000 worth of meals to families of the Children's Cancer Center

What's better than a yummy meal at Taco Bell? How about 1800 of them!

The wonderful people at the Tampa Taco Bell Owners Association surprised us this week with nearly two thousand vouchers for complete combo meals valid at Taco Bells across Tampa Bay.

For a local family battling childhood cancer or chronic childhood blood disorders, treatment can be an all-consuming part of life, not only for the child battling illness, but for the entire family.

"Everything else takes a backseat," says Danielle Lanier, Director of Programs and Family Services at the Children's Cancer Center. "Soccer practice, band camp, you name it, these all become a secondary priority as a family stretches both time and finances to give their child every opportunity to get better. So helping them with quick, easy and free meals on the go can become a lifesaver. Literally."

We are very grateful to the owners and franchisees of local Taco Bells as well as Kalen Mickey and Kristen Bankosz of Landers and Partners for making life just a little easier for our families.

Please support the local businesses who care about our families. Make your way to a Taco Bell and be sure to say, "Yo quiero Taco Bell!"