Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's Official...



Ever wonder what the C-B-C on the Pray for CJ bracelets stood for? You may not have known this but it had a double meaning. First, it was a reminder to pray for CJ's CBC's (complete blood counts). As you may well remember that was, and still is, of significance for CJ as he continues to take medications that affect his blood levels. He is constantly monitored through the CBC (blood tests) to see how his body is handling the chemo and how his immune system is holding up.

What you may not have known is that CBC also stands for Children Battling Cancer. Way back when CJ was first diagnosed God put that name on our hearts as a reminder to pray for CJ and other children battling cancer. It was our hope that one day that name would become a symbol of the battle children face when they are diagnosed with cancer. We never could have imagined how soon it would do just that.

What you definitely do not know is that ever since CJ was very little I have prayed that the Lord would lead our family to a family ministry we could pour our lives into together. I have specifically prayed for it to involve our whole family, effect our whole family, and that the Lord would use our family to build His kingdom and glorify Himself through it. Obviously, I could never have dreamed or imagined that it would involve Childhood Cancer in any way shape or form. I am still perplexed, yet surrendered, to God's ways. Regardless, we believe this is the beginning of that family ministry so we are steadily following His lead.

Children Battling Cancer, Inc. is now an official non-profit corporation in the State of Florida. We have been busy building the website www.childrenbattlingcancer.com and organizing our first official awareness fundraiser. Now, we want to introduce CBC to you and ask for your prayer and involvement in this huge leap of faith.

Before I begin, let me say that we have sought advice and guidance from our pastors, other church leaders, personal mentors, other non-profit organizations, other parents of children with cancer, and most importantly, the Lord. At this point, we are taking each step on faith while trusting Him for guidance and direction. I must confess that at one point I tried to pass off the ideas I felt the Lord was giving me to other ministries. Instead, God made it clear that they were not for other ministries and I was not going to pass them off that easily. So here we are humbly yet boldly moving forward.

We realize that Children Battling Cancer, Inc. would not be here today without all of you. We see all of you as a huge part of what we stand for. You are the reason we want to offer support to families going through this. It is what you have done for us that we so jealously want to see other families receive. To be perfectly honest, we can not accomplish what we believe God has called us to do through Children Battling Cancer without you. That is because we see CBC as a bridge from you directly to the families in desperate need. That will become clear through our mission statement when you check out the website.

I don't want to spend too much time repeating here what you will see on the website but I do want to reiterate that our goal at CBC will be to 'bridge the gap' we believe God has shown us between the community and families with Children Battling Cancer.

What we want to make clear first and foremost is that we see Jesus as the most desperate need these families can have if they are not already in Christ. However, we believe the opportunity to fill that need will come as we meet the practical felt needs these families also so desperately face. We realize that it is of "no value if a man profits the whole world and yet loses his soul," (Mark 8:36). We believe this scripture is going to keep us accountable when we plan each and every event, fundraiser, and service CBC will offer. Yet the other scripture that comes to mind that has been a driving force behind CBC is James 2:15-17. "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go I wish you well, keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?" We want to go beyond wishing well and do something about the physical need we consistently see. We want to "comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God," (2 Cor1:4 ) and we want to share this amazing opportunity with all of you.

This is where you jump in and become a part of CBC right where you are. We are kicking off this brand new ministry with a Chemo Bag Awareness Fundraiser during the month of September. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so we are going to use the month to do just that by bringing awareness to the community and in turn using that awareness to bless these hurting families and let them know they are not alone.

How it will work: You will order your chemo bags. Yes, I said Chemo bags, the actual bags chemotherapy is often delivered to a child in before it is administered. We are going to take these bags and use change to change them from a bag that causes fear and pain, into a bag of blessing and joy. Each bag contains a brochure and label explaining the fundraiser clearly.
You will pass them out to your friends, family, co-workers, or even better, your church! You will have a bag for yourself as well. You will place your bag on your counter at home, desk at work, in your car, or wherever you think best. Throughout the month of September you will use it as a reminder to pray for Children Battling Cancer while dropping your spare change, coins, dollars or even a check into the bag at the end of each day. We encourage you to add a note or card in the bag letting a hurting family know they are not alone in this battle. Imagine a family being handed a stack of cards from strangers with words of encouragement, scripture or prayers along with whatever form of support the receive from CBC! That is powerful.

At the end of the month you will collect the bags you distributed and we will pick them up from you. (If you are not local you can count it all up and send us a check in place of the change)
It is simple, yet extremely powerful!

Get your local church involved. This is a wonderful fundraiser for a church. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to your local church to host the Chemo Bag Awareness Fundraiser please contact us so we can walk you through that and send you the proposal forms.

We are so excited to partner with you in making a lasting difference in the lives of these families. There is so much more I want to say and share but I will instead refer you to the website www.childrenbattlingcancer.com There you will see more clearly what we believe we are being called to do and see further ways you can get involved. We want your input, your prayers, and your support. Pray about your involvement with this fundraiser as well as other opportunities presented through CBC. Share your ideas with us. Please let us know how many chemo bags you would like us to send you. We want to get them out to you for the month of September.

For those churches already involved, we are so grateful for your support and look forward to partnering with you in making a difference in the lives of these children and their families.


CJ preparing chemo bags for delivery.


Brett adding labels to the bags.

15 comments:

Martha Rivero said...

Waooo! Dawn I want to do it, it is a very good and powerful thing you guys are doing. I will visit the website, but I will appreciate if you send me an email with everything in detail, I would like to present this in my church, and to my friends and family. I work for a non-profit organization for retarded citizens, this is including children, we have many centers Home cares, and charter schools for these special children and seniors, and it has been a blessing in many ways being here, I am sure many people at my work will be touch by this kind of awareness and fundraising for families and children battleting cancer.

We will never stop praying for CJ, and now for this awesome idea!!!

Thank you and blessings

Martha

Enzo said...

God Bless this endeavor, your lives, those lives that will be blessed, and the blessings that will be received by those that reach out to be a part of this and give of their time and money and effort.

How exciting when you answer God's call and step out in faith and go for something this big just by trusting God's plan for you.

I'm with you and I love you.

I'd like to challenge everyone that reads and posts and prays for the Georges to become a part of this very first drive and help kick CBC off to a good start.

Mom

Anonymous said...

WOOOHOOO!!! It is so exciting to see this happen and also how the kids are intimately involve (awesome pictures) :)We will help in any capacity we can and of course lifting you guys up in prayers.

Thank you Chris and Dawn for your desire to be faithful to God BEYOND your confort zone...I know you will see Him move powerfully.
Love you all
Claudia for the Abeggs

Janet said...

George Family, what a blessing this will be to the families who are battling cancer. I know CBC,Inc., will be like a ray of sunshine and hope for many families.
A perfect example of being God's hands and feet...doing His work, allowing Him to use you. And it's all God! The glory goes to Him. But thank you for allowing Him to use you and obeying His call.
We love you, Georges.
The Sedanos

Kevin Abegg said...

The site looks great and carries a powerful message! Thank you guys for your boldness and willingness to share from what the Lord has and is walking you through. You and the new ministry are in our prayers.

CeCe said...

YAY FOR THE GEORGES! That is so great. I'm going to visit the website! :)

Anonymous said...

Dawn,

What a breath taking and powerful site! You could not of picked better pictures, especially the one of CJ going in the machine if you tried for ever! Breath taking! I am so blessed to get to be a part of this in any capacity. I have been passing out bags and presenting the fund raising part to Kevin's school. Remember schools are great places for fundraisers, especially since September is Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone out their with kids, make an appt or shoot an email to the fundraiser coordinator at your child's school or the principal directly! George's you are amazing! I don't know how you do it all! I know it's your FAITH. Your determination to keep your eyes on the PRIZE, HIM! Keep it up, you are serving God's purpose for your lives right now! You are doing what most of us don't even scratch the surface on doing. Thank you for letting us be part of it. Your unwillingness to stay down and give in is astonishing. It is nothing short that watching one of The Lord's ordained children serving HIM. Dawn, when I think of you and all you do I think of someone who loves the LORD, serves the LORD, yearns the LORD, wants to please the LORD, I can't think of you without thinking of GOD! You are a rare encounter! Well, unless I visit your church! I love you sis, and I am so very inspired by you and your love for the LORD, and your trust in the LORD, and your obedience.

LOVE '

your sis,
Jacks

Tammi said...

Dear Dawn & Chris & CJ, Brett, Corey and of course Alibrandi:

You are all so awesome and I am so happy that you feel led to do something like this amazing Children Battling Cancer non-profit organization. What an amazing way to give back to families who are in the most desperate times of their lives, especially if they do not know that they have the love of Jesus Christ to help them. I am proud of you all and I love you all very much.
Hugs & Kisses all around . . Miss you all very much,
Aunt Tammi

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

This is an amazing thing you are doing, as if you didnt already have enough on your plate. Could you please send me like an intruduction/fact/poster sheet that I can present. I am going to go to Ana's school when I get it. Questions might come like how is the money going to be distributed, how do you decide who to give it to, how much do you give etc. So if you could give me some info I can give an informed and professional presentation.

Thanks Dawn !!

Love, Nicole Ana Alberto

Break the Mold said...

Hi Nicole,

Yes, we have a formal proposal I can send you that explains where the money will go and the details about the fundraiser. I will get that out to you right away and I will have mom send you some samples of the chemo bags which actually contain a brochure that explains all that as well. Having them in your possession when you propose it to a school or church makes a huge difference. Everyone we have showed them to really loves them and gets excited about them.
If they decide they want to do it then just let me know how many chemo bags to ship up to you.

We are so grateful to all the churches and schools participating in this awareness fundraiser. Thank you! What a blessing it will be to the families battling this devastating disease.



Jackie,
Thank you for your kind words but we really would say that it is you all that amaze us. Those that follow CJ's story even thought it is not their child. Those of you that jump right in an get involved and support these ideas are what amaze us. We are humbled at your service to the Lord. We really only see ourselves as a bridge helping connected the two sides together. You are doing it all with your prayers, support and more.
We love you and are grateful for each and every one of you.
Stay with us and don't forget to pray for CJ.

Dawn

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn

Thanks for the info. I'll let you know what happens!!

Love, Nicole

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Caelan said...

Hey, I am so excited and happy that you guys are putting together this non-profit organization for families who have kids with cancer. I was watching the news just now and saw CJ. It was talking about how you guys are holding auditions for a concert at Music America. I actually use to take Guitar lessons there! The people their are really nice and talented. Anyways I wanted to say good luck to CJ in his baseball season and congradulations on his first game of pitching. I know you'll do well, you're very talented. I still remember you playing basesball at my house with some other guys and you hit a three run homerun to beat Elias, Tito and me. May the Lord give you the strength to do your best and always give glory to him.

Anonymous said...

What an exciting ministry God has set before you. Prayers for Gods blessing on you and this ministry will be set before his throne daily. Only he knows the extent of how many children are affected with cancer, I believe the numbers are staggering, and your ministry will literally be a God send for so many families. psalms 32:8 I WILL INSTRUCT YOU AND TEACH YOU IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO; I WILL GUIDE YOU WITH MY EYE.>>>>>>>>>>> Well there you go another one of Gods fabulous promises for the task set before you. His blessings on you the family and the ministry.