Editor's Note: Chris & Michelle Westerholm have been supporters of the Foundation for years. They give a generous contribution of their time each year to organize a fundraiser benefiting the families like theirs. We asked them to share a few words about why they are involved, and what it takes to organize a fundraiser as a volunteer.
We first heard about Northwest Sarcoma Foundation shortly after our two-year-old daughter, Jenna, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2006. We gathered a small group of friends and family to walk with us and support our journey at the Dragonslayer walk at Greenlake. Sadly, on January 22, 2009, sarcoma took her life. Team Jenna continues to walk every year in her memory.
Throughout Jenna’s three years of treatment we missed many days of work, our income was greatly reduced, and our son, Braden, was born. We personally felt the financial and emotional strain caused by having a seriously ill child. Without the financial support from friends and family, we would not have been able to pay our bills.
After Jenna’s death, we wanted to honor her memory and express our appreciation for the support that we’d been given, and in turn, pass that along to other families. To accomplish this desire, we founded The Dragon’s Last Ride, a motorcycle ride that raises funds for pediatric sarcoma families. Grants are dispersed by the foundation through the Jenna Westerholm Pediatric Help$ Program (Jenna Help$).
Friends continue to help us on this journey, many whom we’ve met along the way. Darlis Elliott expanded the ride to Alaska in 2013 (in memory of Katie) and Chris Dantzscher started an off-road ride this year. We’d like to invite you to join us as well—as an attendee of the ride or the lunch that follows, as a volunteer, or to help us spread the word! Or perhaps you have a big idea of your own? If we work together, we can all make a difference in the sarcoma community. www.dragonslastride.org
Chris & Michele Westerholm
If you are inspired to support the Jenna Westerholm Pediatric Financial Help$ Program, you may designate a generous donation here.
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