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JUNE 2020 LEGO GIVEAWAY
Building LEGOs was one of Bryson's favorite past times. It is also popular among patients receiving chemotherapy, staying in the hospital, or being in isolation. Therefore, to celebrate Bryson's 14th birthday, our foundation hosted a LEGO Giveaway. We hoped to bring some joy into the lives of these brave warriors!
When a patient is receiving treatment, they often have to miss out on school and extracurricular activities. Siblings are equally affected as parents are often preoccupied at the hospital. To provide a resource for patient families, Bryson's Sunshine Foundation runs an online tutoring program in which high school and college students volunteer to teach free lessons to pediatric cancer patients, survivors, and their siblings. We offer a variety of subjects, both educational and recreational.
2020 ST. JUDE VIRTUAL WALK
This past September, Bryson's Sunshine Foundation partnered with one of our affiliated branches, DBHS Sunshine, to host a virtual walk. We fundraised $4245 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this walk! We not have been able to do it without you! The Raffle Winners are as follows: Pailey Kao ($25 Target), Johnny Chang ($25 Costco), Eric Shin ($25 Albertsons). Christine Oh won the $10 Starbucks card for being the team member who raised the most money.
BetheMatch AWARENESS WEEK Nov. 2020
Partnering with two of our affiliated branches, Diamond Bar High School Sunshine and Troy Sunshine Club, Bryson's Sunshine Foundation hosted a week long awareness event with BetheMatch. BetheMatch is the worldwide donor registry for all bone marrow donors, and it is vital that people in the age range of 18-44 signup. These bone marrow donations often save the lives of the cancer patients who receive them.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT DEC. 2020
Due to the cancellation of this year's annual CHOC Toy Drive, we opted to bring goodies and gift cards to the patients instead. Since many patients have to spend the holidays inpatient, we hoped that our mugs filled with treats and a $50 Target gift card would bring them some holiday spirit. Big thank you to Diamond Bar High School's Sunshine branch for writing all the beautiful cards for the patients!
VALENTINE'S DAY EVENT FEB. 2021
This Valentine's Day, we partnered with Nothing Bundt Cake to bring their cake desserts and handmade cards (made by DBHS Sunshine) to pediatric cancer patients at CHOC! The cards and cakes were given to patients both on the oncology floor and the outpatient infusion clinic (OPI). We love all of you and Happy Valentine's Day!
GUEST SPEAKER: GRANT FRUM FEB. 2021
Big thank you to Grant Frum from the Jessie Rees Foundation for teaching our high school members (Troy HS and Diamond Bar HS) about how we can make a difference from the comfort of our own homes. Our members enjoyed learning about Jessie Rees, a former pediatric cancer patient, and the work she did towards pediatric cancer advocacy! Be on the lookout for more sessions coming soon!
GUEST SPEAKER: SUPER MAX & BRYCE MARCH 2021
Thank you to Super Max & Bryce for coming to speak to our highschool Sunshine members! Super Max & Bryce is an Australian nonprofit that gifts nightlights to pediatric cancer patients in Australia and New Zealand. Not only did members gain exposure to an organization in a different country, they also enjoyed learning about how they could contribute to Super Max & Bryce's cause.
BUILD A BEAR JUNE 2021
Every year for Bryson’s birthday, the foundation hopes to do something that embodies Bryson’s kind, loving, and fun spirit. This year, we have been gifting build-a-bears to local children’s hospitals, symbolizing the affectionate nature my brother had. We hope these bears will give patients hugs and cuddles as they continue their fight! Thank you to Build A Bear for donating these adorable bears and with the support of our generous donors, we were able to purchase accompanying t-shirts and condos!
SEPTEMBER 2021: 30 DAYS, 30 WAYS
With September being childhood cancer awareness month, we wanted to put an emphasis on ways people could make a difference on their own. Each week of September, we focused on a different theme: childhood cancer, bone marrow and blood donor awareness, legislative activity, and lastly, helping our foundation. We posted on our social media ways individuals could contribute, so that at the end of the 30 days, everyone had at least 30 ways they could make a difference!
HOLIDAYS IN ST. LOUIS 2021
Since Breanna has moved to St. Louis for college, we wanted to spread our reach to a new hospital: St. Louis Children's! We also visited Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County. We were able to bring beanies, hand sanitizer, Target gift cards, and plushies to all the children in their oncology departments! Happy holidays!
VALENTINE'S DAY EVENT 2022
For Valentine's Day this year, we ordered Nothing Bundt Cakes for all the oncology patients at Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County. Each patient got a lemon cupcake and red velvet cupcake. These were also Bryson's favorite flavors!
This Easter, the foundation donated
Easter goodie bags to Long Beach
Miller Children's Hospital, as well as
Children's Hospital of Orange County. Each goodie bag contained candy (Peeps and gummy bears), as well as a sticker sheet and Easter bunny Lego kit. Happy Easter everyone!!
BRYSON'S 16th BIRTHDAY
To celebrate Bryson's 16th birthday, we donated two of his favorite things to Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Orange County: Legos and National Geographic Books. When Bryson was receiving treatment or whenever he had free time, he could be found building Legos or sharing facts he read about.
CANCER AWARENESS WEEK 2022
For childhood cancer awareness month, we hosted a cancer awareness week on Washington University in St. Louis' campus. Everyday of the week, we hosted events partnering with other clubs on campus, as well as Be the Match, to teach students about how they can make a difference and spread the word on their own. Special thank you to Be the Match's representatives for coming to WashU to give an informative infosession about how to donate bone marrow!
BONE MARROW DRIVE 2022
During September, we hosted a two day bone marrow drive on WashU's campus! We were able to register 41 new donors onto the bone marrow donor registry! We hope to host more events such as these in the near future. Thank you to Be the Match for coming to campus to train our volunteers and help swab students!
BRYSON'S READING CORNER 2022
We are excited to announce that we have created a new reading corner at Long Beach Miller’s Children’s Hospital! Bryson was always an avid reader, whether it be during his hospital stays or even at the dinner table, so we are elated to be able to share Bryson’s passion for reading with other pediatric oncology patients! We wanted to give a big THANK YOU to everyone for their thoughtfulness and generosity. This would not have been possible without your help! We were able to provide nearly 200 books, and we hope to continuously bring new books to the hospital! If you would like to help us keep the reading corner stocked, please refer to our Amazon wishlist linked in our instagram bio! Thank you in advance!!
HOLIDAY GIFTS 2022
This holiday season, we were able to provide each pediatric oncology patient at Children’s Hospital of Orange County with a Target gift card and a plush!
Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and support to make events such as these possible! Wishing everyone a safe and joyful holiday season!
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