BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - On December 15, the Team Campbell Foundation Board presented a check for $10,000 to Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
Members of the board were on hand at Weill Cornell Medical Center for a tour of their laboratory and to witness firsthand the work that Dr. Greenfield and his team do on a daily basis as they work with families to find a cure for ependymoma and other childhood cancers.
Team Campbell Foundation was formed to honor Campbell Grace Hoyt, who lost her battle to ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine in August 2014.
This donation was only one of several year-end gifts that Team Campbell Foundation, just one year old, was able to make. In addition to the gift to Weill Cornell, the foundation also donated $10,000 to five families facing a cancer diagnosis to use as they wished during the holiday season, celebrated Thanksgiving by bringing food to children and their families at Morristown Memorial Hospital, and hosted over twenty cancer stricken children and their families at TD Bank Park for a Somerset Patriots baseball game.
Team Campbell Foundation’s mission, to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research, develop psycho-social enrichment programs and raise awareness for those facing a childhood cancer diagnosis, was helped by several fundraising events throughout 2015. These included a fitness challenge at The MAX in Bedminster, a competition among friends at O-PA! Performance Academy in Bernardsville and a bittersweet scrimmage organized by the BHS women’s basketball coach Sandy Whelan against Metuchen High to honor Campbell Hoyt and Conor McCadden, a freshman at Metuchen High School who also lost his battle to cancer. Penguin Ice Cream held Cam's Birthday Bake Sale in May outside their doors. In September, to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Team Campbell Foundation was able to distribute more than 250 signs and gold ribbons around the town of Bernardsville. September 12th marked Childhood Cancer Awareness Night at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ, as Team Campbell Foundation took over the baseball park. The evening featured a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by Bernards High Madrigalsand a win by the Somerset Patriots.
Fundraising in support of Team Campbell Foundation’s mission continued with events atDelicious Heights in Bedminster, NJ and Dock's Clam Bar on Staten Island.
Campbell Hoyt’s unwavering willingness to help others was continued through the works of Bundles of Grace, Campbell's Flutterflies, a Bernards High Club, and Cam's Store, a pop-up store at Bedwell Elementary School. Each of these programs, with the help of many volunteers, has taken on a life of its own outside of Team Campbell Foundation. The Pinwheel Project, which was organized by Bedwell Elementary School and the Parents' Association, raised over $6000. The Pinwheel Project culminated in 1827 pinwheels (the number of days Campbell fought ependymoma) being planted at the school along with a dedication of the Buddy Bench in May of last year.
Many additional events and programs are planned for 2016. If you would like more information or wish to volunteer, please visit www.teamcampbellfoundation.org