For 11 years, Jason's Friends Foundation has been raising funds to assist in meeting non-medical expenses for families in Wyoming who have a child diagnosed with a brain tumor, spinal cord tumor or any childhood cancer. This ranges from covering the necessary out-of-state travel costs for appointments/treatments at pediatric cancer facilities to making house payments if a parent needs to stop being a wage earner in order to be with their child full-time.
Over the years we have been able to help more than 150 families with needs surpassing $1.2 million. Each spring the Bowl for Jason's Friends fundraiser is held at El Mark-O Lanes to sustain this worthwhile cause. For a more thorough explanation of our mission, please visit our web site: www.jasonsfriends.com.
The 2009 event took place in an economic climate which has everyone allocating dollars in an understandably more conservative manner. Despite this reality, teams of bowlers pounded pavements and burned up phone lines raising money to aid fellow Wyoming residents faced with this serious medical, emotional and, oftentimes, financial crisis. Loyal sponsors from all corners of the state continued their patronage with both dollars and donations of goods and services. Countless volunteers contributed their time and talent. It was a statewide endeavor involving thousands of people. In the end, after final accounting, the sum raised at this year's Bowl for Jason's Friends totaled nearly $200,000. This is an accomplishment reached only through the efforts of many!
Just saying "thank you" to all the individuals and groups who played a part in this success seems woefully inadequate. It only begins to communicate our gratitude for your generous support. Nonetheless, we want to once again convey this heartfelt message to all from the children and families of Jason's Friends Foundation: Thank you, Wyoming!
MARISUE MARSH, Casper