PK wants to 'CHOP' cancer

Fundraiser Friday but donations accepted through May 31


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BY PATRICIA KELLER

Every school year, students, staff and families of Paradise Knoll Elementary School enjoy showing their good character by assisting others in the community and by making a difference with their kindness and generosity. This year, the PK students voted to make “C.H.O.P. – the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia” their charity-of-choice, to focus on helping children with cancer “fight-the-fight.” The PK school community is holding a “May We C.H.O.P. Cancer” Campaign at school during the month of May.

Why CHOP?The desire the PK students have to help C.H.O.P. originates from the recent experience of a member of their own PK family. Benny Rudy, the son of PK first grade teacher Jessica Cohen and her husband, Greg, had to spend some time at C.H.O.P. last year. In the summer of 2016, what began as a season of smiles and laughter for the Cohen family became a parent’s worst nightmare - three-year-old Benny was diagnosed with childhood cancer.

The Cohen family said the care Benny received from C.H.O.P. was extraordinary, that it felt like they had gained a new family during their two-months stay in Philadelphia for Benny’s treatment. They are happy to report that under C.H.O.P.'s care, Benny is now cancer-free.

Several other present and former students of PK have also received excellent care from C.H.O.P. over the years.

The “May We C.H.O.P. Cancer” Fundraising Campaign PK Staff Organizers Jill Cullen and Jessica Cohen reached out to C.H.O.P. to identify a specific need for which the student’s fundraising efforts could help support. A representative from C.H.O.P. informed them of a need for a special piece of equipment called a "Levo Stand" which retails for $219. The stand helps children to be able to have some “tablet time” during their moments of bed rest or fatigue. C.H.O.P. currently only has three tablet stands on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) floor, and is in need of 60 of the Levo stands.

The PK community family would love for more children to be able to enjoy this great tool and hope to be able to drastically change the number of devices that C.H.O.P. needs by as much as possible through their “May We C.H.O.P. Cancer” fundraising Campaign.

How can I help?A “You Caring” fundraising page has been created for quick and easy donation online at www.youcaring.com. Search at the top for "Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia" then page down to the PK entry.

Donations will be accepted through May 31 for the "May we C.H.O.P. Childhood Cancer" Campaign at Paradise Knoll. For more information, contact jill.cullen@wmtps.org or jessica.cohen@wmtps.org, or call the school to leave a message for them at 973-697-7142.

Friday fun at PKPK is hosting a Family Fun/”Movie Under the Stars” night this Friday, May 19, in support of PK’s "May we C.H.O.P. Childhood Cancer" campaign. The event is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. at the upper field area behind Paradise Knoll School, 103 Paradise Road, Oak Ridge.

Come one and all and bring your families donned in yellow shirts (or Benny’s Battalion shirts if you have them). Bring a blanket, flashlight, and bug spray, and enjoy a fun-filled family evening under the stars at PK. The activities include a video game truck, bounce house, temporary tattoos, face painting, and more!

The “Movie Night Under the Stars” is “Sing.” It will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.)

Pizza, snacks, water, glow necklaces and cancer awareness bracelets will also be available for purchase throughout the evening.

All events require a small cash donation for admission and participation, at less-than-carnival-costs, ranging from $1 to $5 each, so bring along some cash.

All proceeds from the evening will be donated to PK’s "May we C.H.O.P. Childhood Cancer" Campaign!



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