Charlie’s Champions and the Miracle Club are joining forces once again to host the high school’s first Color Blast on Friday, May 20th to raise funds to support the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital.
The Cancer Center for Kids provides early detection, diagnostic, intervention and treatment services. “It really is the go-to place for Long Island kids with cancer,” said junior Charlie Schmitt. “Quite a few of my friends and I are in remission, in no small part due to the care we received there.”
There is a long history of altruism among the high school students, especially for cancer charities. The Color Blast 3k race will feature an obstacle course to symbolize the hurdles of the patients who are undergoing treatment. During the race, student, faculty and parent volunteers will douse the participants with washable, colored powders, which will mark them as CCK supporters.
“All of us have been working on and looking forward to the Color Blast for months,” said Miracle co-president Alina Martinez. “We hope to raise a lot of money for the kids at the Cancer Center.”
There are four levels of “color” sponsorships available ranging from $25 to $200 to aid the students in their efforts. Donations may be sent to Charlie’s Champions Foundation at 58 Third Street in Garden City or online at www.charlieschampions.com.
Two foundations with a common goal are partnering within a vibrant academic environment to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
Charlie’s Champions, which raises funds and awareness to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital, and The Miracle Foundation, Long Island’s leading charitable foundation dedicated to supporting cancer research and treatment, have established a unique partnership, and will join forces with the Miracle Club at Garden City High School to expand the Club’s scope and direction – and in the process bring pediatric cancer from the darkness into the light.
Many of the students at the high school grew up with Charlie Schmitt, whose family created Charlie’s Champions when Charlie was seven years old and a patient at the Cancer Center for Kids. The Center is the largest outpatient facility in Nassau County treating children with cancer and blood disorders.
Charlie is now 17, five years cancer free, a junior at GCHS, and committed to the fight against this terrible disease. “I was pretty sick when my family started the foundation,” said Charlie. “Now that I’m older and more involved, I get it, and enjoy the process of helping other kids with cancer. My friends and I participated in Charlie’s Champions events as children. That’s why I think our partnership with the Miracle Club is a great way for so many of us to continue to help. Besides, the events are a ton of fun and you learn a lot.”
The 15-year-old Miracle Club boasts 150 members who manage five events per year – Car Wash, Miracle Walkathon, Luke’s Lollies, Dodgeball Tournament and Stocking for Soldiers – in addition to hosting merchandising and bake sales. The proceeds have supported Back in the Game, a program close to the heart of Bobby Menges, a close Schmitt family friend.
Charlie and his cousin, TJ Schmitt, approached Miracle Club co-presidents Jack Riceman, Carrie Bonvissuto and Alina Martinez with their idea to form an even greater organization. They concurred and a one-of-a-kind relationship among the Miracle Foundation, Charlie’s Champions and the Miracle Club was forged. The new Miracle “combo” club will continue its annual events and spearhead upcoming ones like a Team Cycle event and Twilight Run to support the cause. Stay tuned!
The snow began to fall and blizzard-like conditions pounded Long Island on the weekend of March 21st. But a stormy Friday night couldn’t deter 250 ‘underagers’– nor could it stop Jen Schmitt from entertaining them without paddle courts (in what was to have been an “Underage in the Cage” Tournament). Read the entire article at: www.GCFunStuff.com
March 18th, 2016
Cherry Valley Club
28 Rockaway Avenue
Garden City, NY
UNDERAGE IN THE CAGE-PADDLE AND PIZZA PARTY (KIDS
Boogie board and Spikeball-A.J. Gambino
Apple (iTunes)-Maggie Connolly
GC Spirit-Jack Doherty
Beats by Dre-Roisin Pfaff
Fifa 15-Kathleen Adams
Polaroid Camera-Kaitrin Karr
Razor Scooter-C. Going
The Island-Lauren Nolan
Game Stop-James Egan
Thanks a million !!!! Literally. Since our fabled “Rage in the Cage” skyrocketed to fame eight years ago, your friendship and philanthropy have enabled Charlie’s Champions to donate a million dollars to the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at…Read More