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Team Campbell Foundation and Bedwell HSA Kick Off May Fundraising Events for Childhood Cancer

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1,827 colorful pinwheels on display at the First Annual Team Campbell Pinwheel Project in 2015. Credits: Team Campbell
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BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The month of May marks what would have been Campbell Grace Hoyt’s 10th birthday.  To celebrate this day, the Team Campbell Foundation and the Bedwell Home and School Association are planned two fundraisers.  Any money raised from both the 3rd Annual Birthday Bake Sale and the Pinwheel Project Garden Party will help fund research projects, psychosocial enrichment and will raise awareness of childhood cancers.

On Saturday, May 7, Team Campbell Foundation (TCF) held its 3rd Annual Birthday Bake Sale which will benefit families fighting childhood cancer. TCF is continuing the tradition started by Campbell Hoyt, herself. When Campbell turned 7, she chose to host a bake sale birthday party.  Her friends brought their favorite baked goods in lieu of gifts.  The girls baked together and then sold their goodies in front of Penguin Ice Cream on Claremont Road.  Campbell Grace raised $5,651 for the Child Life Department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with her Birthday Bake Sale.  Robin Hoyt, founder and executive director of Team Campbell Foundation noted, “Each year, we remember our sweet girl’s birthday by continuing this tradition!  Thanks to Laurie and Tom Och, owners of Penguin Ice Cream, who have once again, offered their location to us.”  Desserts for Mother’s Day and other occasions will be sold.  If you are Interested in hosting a Birthday Bake Sale benefitting Team Campbell Foundation, please contact Robin Hoyt @ robinhoyt@teamcampbellfoundation.org.

On Monday, May 9 at 4p.m., and for the second year in a row, the Bedwell Home and School Association will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Team Campbell Foundation. The Pinwheel Project honors Campbell Grace Hoyt on her 10th birthday.  Only 1827 pinwheels will be sold, recognizing the 1827 days that Campbell fought ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, before she lost her life to the disease in August, 2014. The pinwheels will be planted near Campbell’s friendship tree and buddy bench on the Bedwell playground in a special garden. Popsicles will be served to all those who are planting pinwheels in the garden. Both the friendship tree and buddy bench were dedicated at the first Pinwheel Project last May.

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Jen Russo, a friend of the Hoyt Family, is organizing the event for the Bedwell Home and School Association for the second year in a row.  Russo noted, “We think it is so important to continue this tradition.   Campbell Hoyt touched so many lives. This ceremony honoring her is just one way that we continue to raise awareness of how childhood cancer affects more than just the families. It affects entire communities.” 

Families are welcome to purchase pinwheels by contacting her at jenrusso729@hotmail.com.  Join the Bedwell HSA and TCF at the playground on Monday, May 9 at 4p.m. to help plant pinwheels and celebrate Campbell's birthday. 

The Team Campbell Foundation was formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt, who courageously battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, for 5 years before passing away in August of 2014 at the age of 8.  The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis through raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities.

For more information about Team Campbell Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.teamcampbellfoundation.org.  Anyone unable to attend these fundraisers, but still would like to make a donation can mail checks to Team Campbell Foundation, PO BOX 556, Bernardsville, NJ 07924. 

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