Jefferson Council Gears Up for Charterthon 2018
Author Minnie Proud
Over the past few years, hundreds of Charter students, staff, and faculty have posed for a photo holding a 12-inch by 15-inch whiteboard with a handwritten response to the prompt “Why I Charterthon.” Some pen a simple, “for the kids.” Others write, “for my sister” or “because only 4% of government funding for cancer research is allocated to pediatric cancer.” My favorite, scrawled on a board my Freshman year, read, “because no child should be plagued by a monster bigger than the one living under their bed.”
The question of why we Charterthon is one that remains on the minds of all 60 members of Jefferson Council throughout the year. By keeping our motivation at the forefront, we strive in every endeavor to honor Andrew McDonough, namesake of the B+ Foundation and the boy whose life and attitude launched the “Live Like Andrew” movement. We also honor the amazing B+ heroes currently in the midst of treatment for pediatric cancer. Andrew’s dad, Joe McDonough, and his team share weekly updates on the kids to remind us that every dollar raised makes a real impact – either in easing the financial hardship of families facing pediatric cancer or in funding cutting-edge, life-saving research at hospitals across the country.
Just this week, Mr. McDonough played us a voicemail from a family whose utilities were at risk of being shut off until a $200 check from the B+ Foundation provided the help they needed. At the same meeting, he presented us with a copy of a letter to a doctor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who is researching actionable apoptotic dependencies in pediatric CNS tumors. Because of Charterthon’s five year contribution to the B+ Foundation, the letter announcing the $150,000 award closes with the line, “In addition to my son, Andrew, we make this grant to you in honor of the students of the Charter School of Wilmington (DE).
In a very real way, that’s why we Charterthon. Every car washed, every pretzel sold, every t-shirt order, sporting event, and raffle ticket supports the B+ Foundation in their unwavering commitment to putting an end to pediatric cancer. Our efforts grant relief to families struggling to stay afloat through treatment and critical funding to the most innovative researchers in the field.
As we enter into the winter holidays, Jefferson Council is looking forward to the official launch of Charterthon VI in January! The website is live, and our “Meet the Team” video was a big hit with parents on Facebook. We’re also grateful to the girls’ field hockey and boys’ soccer teams for designating B+/Charterthon games during their fall season. Like last year, Jefferson Council is excited to continue to partner with as many teams, clubs, and CSW families to make Charterthon a fun and meaningful event!