"Your Child Has Cancer." It is difficult for many to comprehend having to hear those words. But now, we all can relate a little more closely to a "day in the life" of this plight. The anxiety, the total loss of control, the fear that every germ might pose a serious medical threat. Add on the burden of financial instability and lost wages. THESE ARE THEIR SHOES since the day that diagnosis came.
Cancer didn't stop for coronavirus and P.U.N.T.'s "Helping Hands" program meets the most critical needs of WNY families whose children are fighting through providing assistance with direct payment of essential household expenses: rents, mortgages, auto loans, gas and groceries. Our hospital social work partners submit requests to us on behalf of the highest need families and with community support, we have been there to help.
Together with the P.U.N.T. Junior Board in partnership with the Buffalo Bills Foundation, we have created P.U.N.T.'s "Mile in Their Shoes" Virtual Family Walk. We wanted to share the details with you and hope you will be inspired to be part of the team!
Who: We are hoping families across our region (fur babies too!) will show us they "walk the walk" for WNY families facing pediatric cancer and will be doing all we can to get the word out.
When: P.U.N.T. 's "Mile in Their Shoes" Family Walk will launch on the first day of summer, June 21 and we will encourage families to complete it by July 3.
Where: Families can choose whatever mile path they want to travel for the P.U.N.T.'s "Mile in Their Shoes" Family Walk! We will encourage them to post pics at their own family finish line with the hashtag #PUNTMileWalk so we can share them and inspire others to join this effort!
What: We will ask families to raise a minimum of $50 for their participation. All proceeds will go to our "Helping Hands" program's COVID relief fund which will be used to alleviate the financial burdens for WNY families who have a child battling cancer. Each participating family can create their own fundraising page to help get the word out to their next work.
Why: We have had five cancelled fundraising events this spring and summer and are hopeful this "Mile In Their Shoes" Family Walk will allow us to keep the critical help for which we are relied upon coming for WNY families facing pediatric cancer.
Turn a family outing to get exercise into the most meaningful mile you have ever walked!
How Can You Get Involved?
Create your family's page at (LINK).
Choose the day, time and place that works best for you between June 21-July 3 and walk that walk for WNY kids with cancer!
Please help spread the word about P.U.N.T.'s "Mile In Their Shoes" Family Walk by posting and sharing pics with the hashtag #PUNTFamilyWalk. You can get this downloadable sign to hold up at your own Family Finish Line here. (LINK).
Will you be the P.U.N.T. MVP FAMILY?
The family who raises the most money for "Walk In Their Shoes" will win a ????
Every family who walks the "Mile in Their Shoes" will be entered into a RAFFLE to win ????
How many miles will be walked? How much help can we provide? That is up to YOU!
We hope you and your family will walk a mile between June 21-July 3 for one of the most difficult shoes a family can ever have to wear.