Livermore residents Matt and Dana Croghan and their friends and family continue to do amazing work for children with cancer.
Team KC just held its annual picnic in memory of their daughter, Korrine, on Sept. 8 at Camp Arroyo on Arroyo Road. The event allowed pediatric cancer patients and their families to connect and meet with representatives from Pediatric Oncology at Kaiser Oakland.
Events like this, with swimming, arts and crafts, dunk the doctor, rock climbing, zip line, family photos and barbecue, help brighten the lives of young kids battling cancer and also keep alive the memory of Korrine, 14, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008. Team KC works closely with the Taylor Foundation, another Livermore nonprofit doing amazing things for children.
I held my wedding reception at Camp Arroyo partly to ensure the fees went to a great cause. It is an amazing venue for a wedding reception, but that is a topic for another column. Now Team KC will turn its focus to preparing for the big yearly swim-a-thon being held Oct. 6 at the Robert Livermore Community Center. Participants will swim as many laps as they can in 30 minutes in order to raise money for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
"This event means a lot to me because it helped us to carry on our daughter's dream of helping pediatric cancer patients and their families," said Dana Croghan.
Team KC was started by family and friends of Korrine, who was a freshman at Granada High when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It had already spread to several organs, and a large tumor was removed. Throughout 10 months of chemotherapy, her smile comforted those around her.
Korrine was a water polo player before she became sick, and her father, Matt, is a water polo coach and swimmer. The swimming and water polo community in the area rallied around the family. They helped coordinate the SwimStrong swim-a-thon to raise money to support the family.
Korrine's attitude throughout her last 10 months still serves as an inspiration to her friends, family and to strangers who hear her story. One of her dying wishes was to help some of the young kids she saw at the hospital going through similar pain and suffering.
After Korrine's death, the SwimStrong swim-a-thon became a fundraiser to help other kids. The mission of Team KC is to support children and their families as they cope with cancer. They try to brighten the days of children stuck in a hospital. Some of the money raised by Team KC goes toward buying gas, food and other necessities for struggling families who have a child with cancer, but most of the money goes to help the sick children by giving them something to do in the hospital.
With funds raised in the Swim-A-Thon, such things as a portable Wii Station, laptop computers, arts-and-crafts projects, hand-held gaming consoles and gift cards to retail stores have been purchased. One long-term goal of Team KC is to establish a family house on the Kaiser Oakland campus, where parents of children with cancer can stay and get a good night's rest while their children are in the hospital. They need to raise lots of funds in order to accomplish this goal on top of the help they are already offering cancer patients and their families.
In order to swim in the event and raise money, go to www.teamkcswimathon.com or contact Cindy at TeamKC@comcast.net. To donate items for the raffle or auction, or volunteer to help run the event, contact Matt Croghan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jaclyn Rice at email@example.com. To help with baked goods, which are also needed, contact Julie Cuy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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