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  • Make It Better MISSION: Corey

     

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 15 year old pediatric cancer fighter Corey.  Corey has Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) is his left leg.  

    Corey’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Corey’s birthday is on December 19th.  He would love to receive cards from around the world – not only for his birthday but anytime!  Corey is also a gamer and would appreciate PlayStation gift cards or strategic board games.  Looking to help him remain as stylish as his teenage peers? American Eagle t-shirts are welcomed.  As for sports….Corey is a huge Chicago Bulls fan.  

    A brief glimpse into Corey’s heart…. when asked about his mission he also requested gifts for his two sisters who are 8 and 14. So if you’re spreading a little joy this holiday season perhaps pick up something for them too.

    About Corey:

    Corey is a 15 year old High School Sophomore from Oregon who has been battling Osteosarcoma since March of 2017. Corey underwent femur replacement surgery in his left leg and nine months of chemotherapy.  Still in a lot of pain after treatment, he returned to the surgeon to learn that his endo prosthetic leg had twisted. Corey is scheduled to have another surgery to correct it.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at

    https://donorbox.org/mission-corey

     

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!

  • Mission: Cameron

    Make It Better MISSION: Cameron

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for 15 year old pediatric cancer patient Cameron.  There are no more treatment options available for Cameron who is battling Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  

    Cameron’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Cameron would like to spend a week in Savannah, Georgia with her best friend.  If you would like to help us make her trip happen please donate at: donorbox.org/mission-cameron

    About Cameron:

    Cameron is a fifteen year old volleyball player from Louisiana who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in her right humerous (arm) in March 2016. Cameron completed the standard chemo/surgery protocol for osteosarcoma but unfortunately the cancer had already spread to her lungs. One of the tumors in her lungs is next to her heart making it inoperable. Cameron is able to walk but tires easily. There are no more treatment options. Cameron is terminal.

    How You Can Help:

    Donations can be made on our website or at donorbox.org/mission-cameron

     

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash Charities:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!

  • URGENT: Make It Better MISSION: Cali

    Update: Cali’s mission has been accomplished!  Many Thanks to The Sweet Julia GraceFoundation and our donors for your support!  Check out the vidoes of Cali’s adventures:

     

     

    MISSION: CALI Part I from MIB Agents on Vimeo.

    MISSION: CALI Part II from MIB Agents on Vimeo.

    WestRash Charities has partnered with MIB Agents to complete an URGENT Make It Better Mission for 14 year old pediatric cancer patient Cali.  There are no more treatment options available for Cali who is battling Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  She is terminal.

    Cali’s Make It Better MISSION:

    Cali is traveling to Maui next week with her family.  She has requested a laid back Hawaiian-Style Beach Party. Your mission should you choose to accept is to help us fund the following:

    • Surf lessons
    • Leis
    • Ukulele player
    • Food & Drinks

    We believe we can accomplish all of this with your generous donations. Help us raise $1,000 to fund her mission plus a few surprises.

    About Cali:

    Cali is a fourteen year old teenager from Georgia who has been battling osteosarcoma (bone cancer) since 2015.  After a combination of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, Cali’s medical team has been unable to stay ahead of the disease.  Fourteen year old Cali is terminal. Cali is able to walk but tires easily.  She wants to spend time in Hawaii with her family and good friends enjoying her time and participating in a Hawaiian style beach party.

    How You Can Help:

    Sometime between today, October 5th through Sunday October  8th make an online donation to support Cali’s mission. 

    Donations can be made on our website or at donorbox.org/mission-Cali

     

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in April of 2012 at the age of sixteen.  MIB works to fulfill MISSIONS aka“mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many of these wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thank you for being a part of this MISSION!

  • Make It Better Mission: Michael

    Update: Michael’s Make It Better MISSION is ACCOMPLISHED!  Thank you to everyone who participated in bringing Michael a little extra joy on his birthday.

     

    WestRash Charities has partnered with MIB Agents to complete a Make It Better Mission for pediatric cancer patient Michael who is currently battling Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).  Make It Better Missions provide comfort, entertainment and hope to patients enduring chemotherapy, surgery and lengthy hospital stays. 

    Make It Better Mission: 

    • Shower Michael with Birthday cards on his big day (September 20th).  
    • Alternate Objective:  He is a gamer and would like some Playstation Store Gift Cards
    • OR, if you would like to donate money to his mission, follow this link: https://www.donorbox.org/mission-michael

    About Michael:

    Michael is 17 years old and lives in Texas. He is battling Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in his left femur.  He  has been having terrible skin reactions to his chemo.  He is scheduled to have his Limb Salvage Surgery sometime this month. Limb salvage surgery us a surgery where they go in and attempt to remove the tumor and save as much of the child’s limb as possible.

    His favorites:  
    • Basketball: Spurs and Kobe Bryant
    • Football: Seahawks   
    • Playstation: Madden and Rainbow Six 
    Make It Better Mission: Michael - osteosarcoma patient

    Make It Better Mission: Michael – osteosarcoma patient

    How You Can Help:

    Sometime between now and september 10th, go to a local store and get a birthday card, and mail the card (and a gift card if you want to) to the following address:
     
    MIB Agents HQ
    PO Box 858
    Bernard, VT 05031

    Donations can also be made on our website or at donorbox.org/mission-michael

    Background on MIB Agents and WestRash:

    WestRash Charities has teamed up with MIB to help kids like our son Owen, who we lost to Osteosarcoma in April of 2012.  MIB works to fulfill “mini” wishes for osteosarcoma patients around the country. WestRash will work with MIB to try and fill as many ofthese wishes as possible.  Both WestRash Charities and MIB Agents are 501 (c)(3) Non Profits that are 100% Volunteer Organizations.

    Thanks in advance for your support and no worries if you cannot help, sadly, there will certainly be a next time.  Please feel free to spread the word, would love for him to be overwhelmed with well wishes.

    Thank you for being a part of this mission!

  • Make It Better Mission: Jared

    Update: Jared’s mission is complete!  Thanks for everyone’s support.

    Jared is a 14 year old rock star point-guard basketball player who has Osteosarcoma in both femurs, which is extremely rare. He is a loyal Atlanta Hawks Fan. Faced with long hospital stays, he could use some MIB (Make It Better) Swag. 

    Donations for Jared’s mission can be made directly on our website or at the following link:  https://donorbox.org/mission-jared

  • Making It Better for Osteosarcoma Patients

    WestRash Charities is proud to announce our partnership with M.I.B (Make It Better) Agents  in completing missions for children with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Each mission is mini-wish that is granted through the help of our Sponsors and Donors. Missions can consist of noise-cancelling headphones (to drown out hospital chaos), gaming systems (to combat boredom during treatment) or anything else that can help our kids escape for a while. Our intention is to meet and exceed each child’s mission expectation… every time.  

    M.I.B  President, Ann Graham is an adult Osteosarcoma survivor who was diagnosed around the same time as Owen. We followed her story then and continue to admire her efforts now. Her organization focuses not only on making it better for kids with Osteosarcoma, but also funding new research and treatment options.  

     

    Stay tuned to see how you can help with our upcoming missions!

     

  • 4th Annual Owen Wicks Scholarship Award Recipient

    On June 3rd, the fourth annual Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Megan Westmoreland. Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.75 – 3.9) from Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia on May 25, 2017. 

    This scholarship is in remembrance of 16 year old, Owen Wicks, who fought and lost his battle with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2012. The Owen Wicks Memorial Scholarship recognizes students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Science and who also displays a compassion for helping others within their community. This award is to help ensure that Owen’s sense of humor, perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and passion for helping others are his legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

    Owen memorial scholarship_4

    Megan was awarded this scholarship based on her plans to attend the University of Mary Washington, where she will major in Biology. Megan has been active in community service throughout her childhood. She has volunteered with Toys for Tots, mentors younger children as part of the big buddy system, and actively helps others through her participation in the National Honor Society. Megan has also volunteered countless hours helping WestRash Charities raise over $200,000 for various charitable organizations over the past 14 years. 

    Megan & Deena Scholarship Award

    There is a quote by John Wesley on the scholarship award that exemplifies both Owen and Megan’s commitment to helping others:

    “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, at all the times you can,

    With all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can”

    Please join us in congratulating Megan on her scholarship award.  We wish her all the best as she pursues her dreams.

  • 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament April 22nd

    WestRash Charities 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Bristow Manor Golf course on April 22nd. Proceeds will benefit Pediatric Cancer Research & CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children. Visit our Golf events page for more details.

  • JMHS check presentation

    Pediatric Cancer speech at local high school

    Filled with nerves and anticipation that speaking in front of 2,000 people can bring our VP, Deena Westenhofer, spoke to the students and faculty at James Madison High School in Vienna, VA on February 10th, 2017.   Deena was asked to share her son Owen’s story about his fight with cancer as part of the school’s fundraising activities for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program.  

    Deena talked to the students about how shocked her family was to learn about Owen’s cancer.  She discussed the challenges of the various chemotherapy and surgeries required during the course of his treatment.  She expressed her heartbreak in the end when they were told there were no more treatment options for Owen.  

    She explained to the students that Owen’s story didn’t end there.  His legacy continues in our charity’s efforts to raise hope, awareness, and funding for pediatric cancer research.  She told them  that their efforts to raise money would help to fund new and innovative research being done at Children’s,  research that may provide less toxic treatments or cures for children. 

    As of the 10th of February, students at James Madison High School had raised $3,580 for Children’s National – Experimental Therapeutics Program with their t-shirt sales, ticket sales, and general donations; and  they were just getting started.  Go JMHS Warhawks! 

     

  • Early Bird Registration Now Open for 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    Early Bird Registration is now open for our 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  This year’s tournament will be held at Bristow Manor Golf Club in scenic Bristow, VA on Saturday April 22nd 2017.  Format will be a 4 person scramble starting at 8 AM.  Additional details can be found in our Events section (http://westrashcharities.org/events-list/golf/)