Tomorrow Fund Stroll marks 17 years

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When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the lives of their loved ones are changed forever.

Supporting local children and families through treatment is at the heart of The Tomorrow Fund Stroll, which was held for the 17th year Sunday in Garden City Center in Cranston. More than 2,000 people took part in the event, raising approximately $80,000.

The Stroll is The Tomorrow Fund’s second-largest annual fundraising event. Participants were able to form a team and collect donations or stroll individually for a $20 registration fee, making as many laps around the shopping center as they chose. Trophies were awarded to the top fundraisers in several categories, including teams, individuals, schools and colleges or universities.

Established in 1985, The Tomorrow Fund provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families during treatment at Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s Edwin Forman Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Center.

“Through the generosity of community support over the past 34 years, The Tomorrow Fund’s financial and emotional support programs have tremendously expanded,” said Lisa M. Abbenante, executive director of The Tomorrow Fund. “Some of our support programs include assistance with medical expenses, home expenses, including mortgages, rent, utilities … prepaid hospital parking passes for the duration of treatment, as well as oncology camps, survivor programs and funeral expenses for those who lose their battle with cancer.”

She added, “The unexpected journey children diagnosed with cancer and their families face is life changing. Each journey through childhood cancer is different – different diagnoses, different treatments and, sadly, different outcomes. Yet one thing is true for all of our families – they all need help beyond medical care to cope with the many challenges and harsh realities that accompany this traumatic disease. For this reason, The Tomorrow Fund exists.”

To learn more, call 444-8811 or visit tomorrowfund.org. 

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