I lost my 16-year-old son to leukemia last year. Always thinking of others, he told me of his wish for a cure for childhood cancer. I wasn't sure where to start but knew that my mission in life was now to fulfill my son's wish. I heard about Arms Wide Open from a friend and contacted Dena Sherwood about how I could help them raise money for pediatric cancer research.
Dena called me right away and I felt like I was talking to a long-lost friend. She helped me understand what AWOCCF does to support children and their families and how I can make a difference in memory of my son. I knew from the moment that we spoke that this amazing woman was a compassionate champion for our children. Having known her now for over a year, I am even more impressed with her commitment, leadership and desire to make childhood cancer a national priority.
I can't tell you how rewarding it is to know that the funds we raise in memory of my son are helping researchers discover new and less destructive therapies and will ultimately lead to a cure for all childhood cancers. AWOCCF lets me know exactly what research grants they are funding right down to the type of cancer, the name of the doctor and the hospital where the research is being done. Amazing!
Cancer robbed my son of his life and our family of one of the most kindhearted and loving kids ever to walk the face of this earth. AWOCCF has given me a way to channel my grief into action, honor my son's memory, and help to fulfill his wish to end childhood cancer.
Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation is a blessing to the Childhood Cancer Community! Dena Sherwood works tirelessly to make sure families have the support they need when they get the devastating news that their child has cancer. Having walked in their shoes, the Sherwood family is able to empathize in a very personal way.
Among the many things they do, AWO is the parent organization of The Truth 365, a social media campaign that raises awareness of the plight of children facing cancer. The Truth 365 reaches thousands of people everyday, and could not happen without the support of Arms Wide Open. Another contribution that AWO makes every year is CureFest in Washington, DC. Each September, AWO/TT365 hosts this pinnacle event within the childhood cancer community, bringing together foundations and families from all over the country to be ONE VOICE for our kids! AWO also gives monthly grants to families in need, funds research grants for clinical trials, and hosts a free Bereavement Retreat for families who have lost a child to cancer. There are many childhood cancer foundations out there, but very few are touching as many lives as Arms Wide Open. The name suits this foundation perfectly. Dena Sherwood's arms are indeed WIDE open as she faithfully takes her lead from the depths of her heart and the direction of her heavenly father.
Arms Wide Open CCF is a foundation that truly cares about the community it serves. This message is driven down from the leadership to the volunteers and out to the children and families it serves in the childhood cancer community. The service offerings and fundraising initiatives are implemented at all levels to include legislative awareness, community outreach and involvement, research, bereavement retreats, empowering the next generation of young leaders to be advocates, be selfless, be compassionate, be vocal, and be present. I am honored to work with them when I can.
This is a charity that makes a difference not only in research, which they do, but to individual children fighting the cancer monster. Dena Sherwood, the founder, visits these warriors and their families and fulfills the smallest wants and the greatest needs. She is an angel on earth. Her tireless fundraising and awareness campaigns leave all who know her and this incredible foundation in awe.