RaiseRED is a fundraising organization that benefits the Norton Children's Cancer Institute and the University of Louisville School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics Division of Hematology and Oncology. Throughout the years, we have developed programs and events catered towards improving family relations and serving the Norton Children's Cancer Institute's needs.
One of the established and successful programs that has been developed is the Cardinal Crew Program. While we are constantly fundraising to help fight for a world where cancer and blood diseases no longer exist, we also want to find ways to personally support the children and families who have been treated at the Novak Center. One of these blood diseases is Sickle Cell Disease, which disproportionately affects minority populations. Additionally, there have been growing rates of cancer diagnoses among Black and Hispanic communities, and raiseRED wants to help serve these families while expanding our efforts of showing the general public the demographic differences in cancer and blood disease patients. Through Cardinal Crew, interested families going through treatment can be paired up with raiseRED students with the goal of cultivating friendships between these families and the students of raiseRED. We hold events that range anywhere from a kid prom to taking families to the KFC Yum! Center to watch the Louisville men’s basketball team. Our events allow families to forget about their struggles as well as giving them exciting activities to look forward to, with our goal being to create lasting memories for the kids and their families and by giving them opportunities that they have missed out on due to their cancer and blood disease treatments.
After spending the past year hosting our events virtually, this year we are refocusing on safely hosting in-person events as well as hybrid events to include those families who cannot attend in person due to their treatment. In order to put these events on and to support the needs of the Norton Children's Cancer Institute and the families, we are hoping to raise $10,000.
This money will allow us to put on these programs and also host educational workshops for patients and their siblings. These workshop sessions include college test prep sessions, interview workshops, guidance on how to discuss diagnoses in public settings, diversity and inclusion workshops, and other important life skills.
The benefits of our events and workshops will be abundant for the kids and the families. We ask you to help be a part of this step forward and help us improve their lives for the better!