For their fundraiser this year, Norwalk Catholic School seventh-grade students have taken up the challenge of raising money to help adults with advanced cancer enjoy a “normal moment.”
Much like the Make-a-wish Foundation for children, Life is Good No Matter What aims to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
Holly Haslinger Sneider’s favorite saying was “life is good no matter what.” Sneider lost her battle to advanced colon cancer in November 2011 at the young age of 39, leaving behind three children and her husband.
In honor of her positive, encouraging nature throughout her 18 months of treatment, her brother Troy Haslinger set up Life is Good No Matter What, a charity devoted to helping advanced cancer patients who often don’t have the energy or the resources to do the special extras in life, such as taking a relaxing trip out of state. The foundation tries to give the patients ’normal’ moments where they can forget they are a cancer patient.
“We’ve all been affected by cancer,” said Dawn Shover, from Life is Good, who spoke the middle and high school students recently.
“Cancer is still just as devastating, no matter what age you are,” she said.
“(Life is Good No Matter What) wants to help them to get away from the cancer label and make beautiful moments and family memories, away from the stigma of having cancer. To help an adult, and their family, to remember what it’s like to have a normal day.
“We want to help them forget for a few hours or a few days that cancer has taken center stage in their life,” Shover added. “We know we can’t cure the cancer, but we can help to cure the soul.”
The “moments” the foundation provides can range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand, depending on the recipient’s wish.
One way the seventh-grade classes are trying to help organization raise money for these special trips is collecting coins and helping to advertise their organization’s Holly 5K.
“We’re reminding students we all have something to give,” Shover said. “You can give your time and talent, not just your treasures.”
Anyone who is interested in donating to the fund can bring donations to St. Paul High School in care of Life is Good No Matter What.