For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the dolls wanted to do something special. They wanted to complete a project that would include putting a smile on the faces of children fighting cancer and that would also make an impact on childhood cancer research. The Blue Lollipop Project provided a way for them to do both!
The Blue Lollipop Project is a program of the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation. The TLC Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds innovative research and clinical trials that provide less toxic, more effective treatment options for children fighting cancer. The organization was founded in honor of Ty Louis Campbell, who was just two years and ten months old when he was diagnosed with a rhabdoid tumor, which is a rare and aggressive cancer affecting children. Just over two years later, Ty's earthly battle was over. During his courageous battle with cancer, Ty was often called SuperTy, and he was truly a superhero. Like most kids, Ty loved lollipops. His treatments left him with a bad taste, and he loved blue lollipops as a special treat to brighten his day. In honor of Ty, 12-year-old Riley started The Blue Lollipop Project in 2014 as a local fundraiser, asking her family and friends to donate $1 to sponsor a lollipop for a child in treatment.
The more the girls read about Ty, they more they wanted to do something for children like him. They wept together reading all that Ty endured during his short life. The Blue Lollipop Project provides a sweet way to raise money for pediatric cancer research, and they were so excited to be able to participate. The fundraiser focuses on the sale of blue lollipops as a way to raise funds for research and also includes a donation of blue lollipops for children fighting cancer. For every blue lollipop they sold, the girls would be able to donate one to a special child.
Camryn filled out the paperwork to order the lollipops for their fundraiser. She then sent an email to her school's principal to request approval to host the fundraiser at school. She asked to set up a table outside the cafeteria and allow students to purchase lollipops after lunch. She also asked to set up a table near the concession booth at a football game and sell lollipops to students, families, and fans.
The principal quickly provided the approval needed to move forward with the fundraiser. Camryn immediately grabbed her planner so she and Waverlee could start planning. They made a list of items they’d need to purchase for the fundraising table.
Just a few days later, a big box of lollipops arrived from The Blue Lollipop Project. Waverlee was so excited as she opened it.
Waverlee made signs for the fundraiser and wanted to be sure everyone would know what they were supporting with their purchases. The girls also made flyers to be distributed to all students and hoped no one would forget to bring an extra dollar or two.
As the girls set up for their fundraiser, Ty was on their mind. They were doing this for him, for all the other children who had fought the same battle, for all the children currently fighting, and for all the children who would be brought into the battle in the future.
The girls were absolutely thrilled with the number of lollipops they sold! They left feeling good that they had a small part in helping to make the day a little brighter for some precious children who were fighting for their lives. They were also so happy to have raised funding to support research that could lead to life-saving discoveries. If you can, please consider hosting a Blue Lollipop Project fundraiser of your own and/or making an online donation.