Isla the Fierce
Though she may be little, she is Fierce
Give Back 2 Others has chosen to honor a newly diagnosed child named Isla Kate Lucks. Isla lives in the community and is in the fight of her life. On July 31, 2014, just shy of 15 months old, Isla Kate was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. This is a rare pediatric cancer affecting the nerve cells. For Isla, her diagnosis came through the discovery of a large tumor on her left adrenal gland in her abdomen. This beautiful little girl now has a long and difficult treatment plan ahead of her. Her strong willed personality has given her the nickname, “Isla the Fierce”. She fights with grace and dignity and has been lauded by the medical team as one of the best babies they have ever served. Her tenacious spirit and love of laughter has kept the staff on their toes. Isla is a ‘Mama’s girl’, a chatterbox, and she loves to sing and dance. Her favorite foods are marshmallows and olives. She loves Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and her family; especially her best friend and older brother Elliott. Throughout the next year and a half, she will be in and out of hospitals, enduring painful treatments and traveling far to receive the best care available. Give Back 2 Others desires to rally around this amazing little girl and her family to show them how much they are loved and supported. Our fundraising event on November 21stwill be the opportunity we have to support this family in tangible ways. We hope to see you there!
Give Back 2 Others started as a simple holiday party at the home of Holly & Jason Andrzejewski in 2009. The focus each year was to “give back” to someone in need. Holly and Jason asked guests to bring donations or gifts to be given to a designated family. Each family chosen had a member struggling with a life-threatening illness. Through the incredible generosity of friends, Holly and Jason were able to make a difference in ways they had never dreamed possible. Holly and Jason began to wonder if it would be possible to do more. In 2011 they decided it was time to take it to the next level. With the help of a local 501c3 charity, Trevor’s Treasurers, they organized a party that received more than 300 guests and raised a large sum of money for Trevor’s Treasurers. This incredible experience solidified their desire to continue the event and ”Giving Back 2 Others” was born. On August 20, 2014, Give Back 2 Others was created as a legitimate Non-Profit organization. They are currently waiting on their 501c3 approval from the IRS, which is expected any day. With the help of the Board of Directors and many active volunteers, they have big plans for the future of GB2O and look forward to helping many families in the future.
Donating to GB2O and tickets for the Holiday Gala
Donations can be made through the GB2O’s website or by check made payable to: “Give Back 2 Others”.
Tickets for the Gala are $75 and include: Open Bar, Food, DJ, and Silent Auction
Tickets can be purchased on GB2O’s website or by check made payable to “Give Back 2 Others”
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