We will be hosting a holiday party for the kids at Cohen Children's Medical Center. We will be providing them and their families with food and gifts to make their hospital-bound holidays a little brighter. Any support, financial or toy donations, are needed and would be greatly appreciated!
FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Our Lexiepalooza Party is in the works! We will have food, entertainment, raffles, games for the kids and more. Please keep checking our website for updates!
Our Golf Outing
Scored a Hole in One
On September 24, 2012, we held our 3rd Annual Golf Outing at Woodside Acres Country Club in Muttontown. Once again, our event was a great success--we raised over $15,000.00--and everyone had a wonderful time. We held over 27 raffles, with some really great high end raffle prizes!
The weather was perfect and some very talented golfers hit the links. Thanks to everyone who came...we can't wait to see you again next year!
|Lexiebean founders Joe & Leaann Falabella (right) board member Vince Salvia (middle), board member Melissa Eichele (left) with husband & volunteer Andrew Eichele|
|Randy Tarino, closest to the pin back 9 |
(6 feet 10 inches)
|George Sigalas, closest to the pin front 9 |
(9 feet, 8 inches)
|Jason Seely, long drive winner|
|Group with the lowest gross score of 59: John Skouras, Gus Sofroniou, and Joe Salamone|
|Peter Cerni, putting contest winner|
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|Our Newsletter Team
Fall is here, and off so it's back to school time. With homework, after school activities and car pools making us rush back and forth, it's easy to get distracted. That's why we wanted to let you know what The Lexiebean Foundation is up to and what we're looking forward to accomplishing in the months ahead.
Our 3rd Annual Golf Outing took place on September 24th at Woodside Acres in Muttontown, Long Island. The weather was perfect and everyone who attended had a fantastic time. Visit our website to see pictures of this awesome event, and if you couldn't make it this year, please join us next year!
We are lucky to work with lots of amazing people who give of themselves and their time. Read about all the people and organizations that help us in Tanner's High Fives. Discover some back-to-school-themed ways to help others in Lexie's Corner. Or read about how our special little girl, Lexie, inspired us to start our Lexie's Legs running team in Lexie's Spotlight.
Did you know that September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month? Look below for some interesting statistics from CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) for some important facts about pediatric cancer.
All the best,
Your friends at The Lexiebean Foundation
Inspiration and Motivation
for those touched by cancer
8 Back to School-Themed Ways
to Help Kids & Families
The back to school season is a fun one for many kids, but hard for those who can't attend school or have to be homeschooled due to cancer. It can also be a tough time for siblings who are anxious and worried about their brother or sister. Here are some ways to include these kids and make this hectic time a little less lonely and a little bit easier
- Encourage classmates to send cards, letters and pictures
- Create a "mailbox" for pictures, letters and cards. It can be as easy as taking an old shoe box and decorating it or making a more elaborate mailbox that you cut out and paint to look like a real, red and blue mailbox that you could find on any corner. Suggest it to your principal and brainstorm ideas.
- Each week, designate an honorary "messenger" who gets to deliver the cards
- Ask the parents if their child's classmates can stay connected via email. Encourage the child's teacher and class to initiate this
- Send care packages filled with teaching games, videos, pens/pencils so the child feels they are part of the "back to school" fun
- Buy a plain white tote bag and fabric paints, and have the class work together to create a backpack just for their classmate. The teacher can come up with ideas for the theme or it can be based on something the child loves (for example, Lexie loved ladybugs)
- Ask a sibling how they're feeling and invite them over for a play date. It can give the child a welcome change of scenery
- Create a fundraiser at a school event (such as a basketball game, soccer game, or school play). You can sell candy bars or cookies (ask the school principal for the okay) or have the children create cards with artwork that they make themselves. Make a sign that says: "Buy a candy bar/cookie/card and support the XX Family." Then take all the proceeds and buy a gift card to a local restaurant so Mom and Dad get a break too.
In Our Prayers
Ty, age 5, is currently fighting the end stages of a rare brain tumor. We wanted to let Ty and his family know that they are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
We need YOU
Do you need hours for religious service? Want to get involved, but you're just not sure how? Here are some easy ways to help:
* Donate your credit card reward points to purchase gift cards that help our families
* Help us create care baskets or do administrative tasks
* Organize or coordinate events
* Come to our event and lend a helping hand
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get involved.
While Lexie was still alive, we started a running team and named it Lexie's Legs to keep her spirits up and inspire her. When Lexie wasn't able to run, we did the running for her.
Now, in Lexie's memory, our Lexie's Legs Running Team has grown and we had 2 full teams running the Ocean to Sound Relay on September 23.
People came to cheer us on as we started at Jones Beach Field 4 and ended at Teddy Roosevelt State Park in Oyster Bay. Our Lexiebean Vans were there too, all decked out in our Lexiebean colors, to show our support for our runners and to offer congratulations when they were done!
A special "shout-out" thank you goes to volunteer Donna Greenstein for organizing the teams and hosting the pre-race pasta party in her home!
If you missed this race, don't worry. You can still help by sponsoring one of our runners for the next one. Or, if you want to join our team, email us at email@example.com with the subject "Lexie's Legs Team".
Show your support for Lexie's Legs Team Member Dan Wilson!
Dan is running in two upcoming events:
- 10/27/12 Men's Health Urbanathlon
at Citifield, Flushing, NY.
9.5 mile obstacle course
- 11/18/12 Philadelphia Marathon
Please go to our website, click on his picture, and help support him as he runs for our team. Thanks!
Jack P. recently had his 2 year angelversary. He is still in our hearts, and we ask you to keep him and his parents, older sister, family and friends in your prayers.
| |Tanner's High Fives
Whenever our young friend Tanner thought people did something really awesome, he'd give them a high five. So, in his memory, we'd like to give Tanner's High Fives to some truly amazing people and organizations who have helped us:
- Kudos to the American Legion Auxiliary Leonard Hawkins Post No 156 for donating funds raised by their Ladies Auxiliary "Cancer" Bingo.
- Thanks so much to The Augugliaro Family of Bethpage for holding their 2nd annual "End of the Summer Pool Party." They asked everyone to bring a donation for the Foundation--and raised over $400!
- We'd like to also thank Mia Russo, a fifth grade student at Lexie's grammar school, the Kramer Lane School in Bethpage. Mia sold glitter tattoos to all her friends and classmates and donated all of the proceeds to the Lexiebean Foundation.
- The Levittown Athletic Club held their annual summer fundraiser and chose the Lexiebean Foundation as their local charity to donate proceeds to this year. They raised over $3,200.00 for us!
- In lieu of favors for her high school graduation party, Marissa Garner made a donation to help us in our cause. Thanks, Marissa!
- To celebrate their daughter's 2nd birthday, Scott and Candace Sartory sent us a donation. Happy Birthday & Thanks!
- Thanks to your donations, The Lexiebean Foundation was able to sponsor a pasta lunch at Sunrise Day Camp, a camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. On August 1, during their International Week, we supplied lunch and goodie bags for over 300 campers. For the second year in a row, we all had a wonderful time - so thanks to everyone who supports us and helped make it happen!
- Crystin Giersberg - for the donation of 100+ hats and gloves to be donated to our kids
- Jordan & Victoria Belous - for the donation of time packaging these hats and gloves for the children