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Marlees Smile

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Marlee’s Smile Foundation was formed to continue the legacy of Marlee Pack, who lived for four years with rhabdomyosarcoma before finding healing on the other side of Heaven. Marlee chose to give bears to kids battling cancer as her Make-a-Wish. To Change the World for Kids with Cancer, One Smile at a Time!

Target demographics: Kids with Cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: 294 Kids with Cancer and Their Siblings

Geographic areas served: The United States and countries all over the world

Programs: Donating to organizations that fund Childhood Cancer Research and Providing Custom Build-A-Bears to Kids with Cancer and their Siblings

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cassie N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marlee's Smile continues the legacy of Marlee Pack, my cousin who fought rhabdomyosarcoma a rare and aggressive form of cancer for four years with a smile on her face. Marlee's wish was to find a cure for cancer and help to fund childhood cancer research. Marlee's Smile works to provide funding for finding that cure while also sending love by way of bears to children who are battling cancer. Marlee’s Smile is a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ non profit organization!

1 Mary S.15

Donor

Rating: 5

Marlee’s Smile is an amazing charity that brightens up a precious child’s day that is living life with cancer. Marlee Pack, an angel we were privileged to know and love, used her wish to buy Build a Bear stuffed animals for the other children at Children’s Hospital. That was Marlee’s way. She worried more about others than herself. She was a beautiful, sweet, sassy, funny girl that loved life and making people smile. This charity is continuing Marlee’s legacy by building Build a Bear stuffed animals for children fighting life threatening battles everyday. The name of the charity, Marlee’s Smile, is perfect because of the smiles on the children’s faces when they see their bears.


1 Erin D.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Marlee’s Smile is an amazing charity that I have been able to volunteer for and donate to. Marlee was an amazing young lady and her family is a gift in my life. Finding a cure for childhood cancer, bringing smiles to children's’ faces, and carrying out Marlee’s wish are all worthy of your time and donations.

Mary Martin V.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization that brings a smile to a child. Seeing children smile made Marlee smile!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marlee’s Smile is so special! I love to build bears and see the joy they bring to kids fighting cancer. One day I hope Marlee’s Smile can find a cure for rhabdomyosarcoma through their research funding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Marlee's Smile is a unique nonprofit organization because it provides PRICELESS smiles on children's faces and in their hearts through the embrace of a cuddly teddy bear. That kind of joy is out of this world, just like the delightfully, spirited young lady who had this phenomenal idea, magnificent Marlee. While personally knowing the journey cancer can make you travel, Marlee thought to spread pockets of sunshine along the way for children everywhere. This organization is alllll heart, just like Marlee!!

1 Rita N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Marlee continues to touch many people’s lives through her foundation. It is so special to see so many kids receiving joy by receiving a stuffed animal.

1 Cheray N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so honored to be part of Marlee’s Smile. Our family misses Marlee everyday. Making bears for kids with cancer helps us feel closer to Marlee and reminds us of the love she had for others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Marlee knew that giving something as simple as a stuffed bear could cheer a child up and make them forget cancer or treatment. She knew that cancer free moment was powerful for children that were going through what she went through. She also had a desire to fund childhood cancer research so other kids may some day have a chance not to go through what she went through. This nonprofit does both! 5 STARS!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Marlee's Smile continues the legacy of one of the most special, selfless souls I have ever known. Marlee's wish was to find a cure for cancer. Marlee's Smile works to provide funding for finding that cure while also sending love by way of bears to children who are battling cancer. I love that any donation, large or small, can find its way to a child.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Marlee's Smile continues the giving legacy of Marlee Pack, who succumbed to alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Her wish to give bear to kids with cancer drives this organization to gift bears to cancer kids and their siblings, as well as fund directed childhood cancer research for rhabdomyosarcoma, just as Marlee wanted. So far, with 249 bears gifted and partnership with a larger foundation to fund a minimum of $25,000/year in research, the Foundation is far exceeding its goals!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love that every kid with cancer can be served by Marlee’s Smile!! Something so simple and tangible by giving away Build A Bears to kids (and their siblings!) makes it fulfilling to the donor who can see an impact made by their donation, no matter how large or small! I especially love that they fund targeted research for aggressive, hard to cure cancers like sarcomas and DIPG. It’s always an honor to be able to donate for a child’s legacy.....it means they live on! Way to go, Marlee’s Smile!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

It’s more than bears...it’s a little girls wish that a cure would be found so no one else will have to fight the same battle she did.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Seeing the joy that Marlee's Smile brings to kids fighting cancer when they see their personalized furry friend is so amazing. These kids are going through so much and the love they feel if even for a few minutes is so special! I love that they also fund important research.