Florida Memorial Service
I just wanted to get the specifics out about the Memorial Service.
Tuesday, January 15
530 Dog Track Rd.
Longwood, FL 32750
For those of you familiar with Northland, the service is being held in the old sanctuary (white building), not the new larger auditorium.
We have had requests about where to make donations in Ellie's memory. We would like to provide two different locations.
The "Band of Parents" is made up of parents of children with Neuroblastoma, and is dedicated to funding treatments being researched through Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. We believe that this is currently the best hope for kids with Neuroblastoma, and we know a number of children who may greatly benefit from it. Donations may be made to: Band of Parents; PO Box 335; Dewittville, NY 14728, or you can visit the website online at: http://www.bandofparents.org/MakeDonation.html The website also has a gift shop, where 100% of the purchases goes to the fund. The following is a quote from that website: "The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3% ." Also... "Cancer accounts for the greatest number of disease deaths of children in the United States and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined."
As you know, our hearts are very much geared towards furthering research into alternative methods for treating cancer. We believe that the best hope for curing cancer lies in alternative medicine, but it appears that it will take a great deal of time before parents are allowed the freedom to pursue such treatments for their children (before it is too late to be of any effect). It is our hope that great strides will be made in this area until one day children will have the same access as adults do to gentle and humane treatment for cancer. We will have the information out to you shortly about where and how to donate (probably "C.A.M.", Complimentary Alternative Medicine) should this be a way that you choose to honor Ellie's memory.
Thank you all for your continued prayer for our family. We are enjoying this time of connecting with family and friends in Florida!