Coins for a Cure

Photos and story provided by Scott L.
Article written by Tika Siburt

On May 1, 2013 the Carlos G. Bianciotto Retinoblastoma Research Foundation received a very generous donation from one of our star Eye Cancer Heroes, Tatum! Tatum’s father, Scott shares with us the amazing story behind these “Coins for a Cure.”

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Tatum’s 2nd grade teacher came up with a fundraising idea to have all of the staff and students bring in any loose change or donations. They then presented it to Tatum to give to the foundation of her choice. The school is very small Tatum only has 5 kids (2 boys and 3 girls) in her class. In total, there are only 87 kids in the school of K-12 with 25 teachers and staff. The response was amazing! There were kids bringing in their piggy banks, donating money that they were saving for the fair or Disneyland. The generosity that was shown from all the students and staff was simply amazing.  Altogether they raised $363.51 and Tatum choose the Carlos G. Bianciotto Retinoblastoma Research Foundation in Philadelphia to donate the money to. Tatum’s reasoning was, “So they can keep helping kids with eye cancer.”  A huge thank you to all that participated and a huge thank you to Carlos’ foundation.  Let’s keep fighting this evil monster!”

A giant thank you to Tatum and her school! You all are so generous and your kind donations
are going to an amazing fight against cancer.

libbesmeiertatum1305cbmedulloepitheliomaretrbunilateralsporadicglaucomacrdplaquecheckpresentation004 To learn more about the Carlos G. Bianciotto Retinoblastoma Research Fund you can visit here.

You can also visit here if you would like to buy any paraphernalia in honor of Dr. Carlos, with a donation from each purchase going to the fund itself.