For 12 years, Jason’s Friends Foundation has been raising funds to assist in meeting non-medical expenses for families in Wyoming who have a child under 21 years of age fighting a brain tumor, spinal cord tumor or other childhood cancers. Our help usually begins by covering the necessary out-of-state travel costs for appointments/treatments at a pediatric cancer facility.
If a parent has to stop being a wage earner in order to be with their child full-time, we can step in to help cover household obligations that had been manageable before cancer interrupted their lives. Last year we were able to aid 65 families.
Since its inception, Jason’s Friends has given out over $1.4 million in response to requests from Wyoming families who have had a child diagnosed with cancer. Every winter at El Mark O Lanes, Bowl for Jason’s Friends provides the majority funding to make this possible. Our Web site at www.jasonsfriends.com or a call to (307) 235-3421 can provide more information about our mission.
This year’s event took place in an economic climate that leaves little room for many of us to make charitable contributions. We were prepared to see substantially reduced numbers in 2010. We lost some longtime sponsors to the ravages of recession but found others willing to join. Individuals and businesses from Casper and all corners of the state lent a hand with donations of goods and services for auction items and prizes. Outstanding radio, television and newspaper coverage helped raise awareness of our cause.
Over 980 dedicated bowlers diligently gathered donations to assist fellow Wyomingites during these hard times. Countless volunteers contributed. It was a combined effort involving thousands of people that raised nearly $190,000 at this year’s event! Down a bit? Yes. Disappointing? Absolutely not!
This money provides a lifeline to families in crisis. It is seen in the eyes of an emotionally drained parent who realizes that the impossible challenge of making ends meet has been relieved through the generosity of folks they will likely never know.
This unique program is available in our state because of people who care. Each individual’s part, however large or small, makes a difference. On behalf of all the families touched by your kindness, a most heartfelt thanks.
MARISUE MARSH, Casper
Jason’s Friends Foundation