20 YEARS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Twenty years ago, Melissa asked her mother, our founder Lauren Spiker, to make a promise. A promise which led to 13thirty Cancer Connect, originally named Melissa’s Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation. Begun as a grassroots effort around Lauren’s dining room table, 13thirty Cancer Connect is now a leader in support for teens and young adults with cancer around the globe.
2020 marks our 20th year and we had big plans – until COVID-19. We rapidly responded to the crisis and, in order to keep our members, staff, and supporters safe, had to cancel most of our 20th year celebrations. Of course, this is disappointing but it strikes a severe blow to our ability to do what we do best – help teens and young adults with cancer live their very best lives.
CAN YOU HELP US RAISE $20,000 IN 20 DAYS?
This is a scary time for our 13thirty members and their families who need our support more than ever right now. Our face-to-face peer programs, designed to alleviate the normal burdens of being a teen or young adult with cancer have been canceled, but we are finding new ways to support our members. With your help, we can continue developing new virtual programs and resources that will help us stay connected even beyond this difficult time.
YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED FOR DOUBLE THE IMPACT
All donations up to $20,000 will be matched by Melissa’s parents, Lauren and Doug Spiker. For 20 years, Lauren and Doug have worked tirelessly so other teens and young adults like Melissa will not be alone when faced with cancer. Your support, along with Lauren and Doug’s matching gift, will help ensure that our mission continues.
$20K/20 DAY CHALLENGE
As we navigate these uncharted waters, Melissa’s story remains our driving force and inspiration. For 20 years, Lauren has kept her promise. Despite the uncertainty of these difficult times, we also must carry on. Our mission is too important.
#MayWeAll rise up to this challenge.
#MayWeAll strive to “make a difference, make things better.”
You can also make a donation by mailing a check, calling (585) 563-6221, contributing appreciated securities (email email@example.com), or through Venmo (@mllf_13thirtycancerconnect). Thank you!