2006 Miracle Makers

2006 Miracle Makers


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“Crafty Crew” Holds Festive Fundraiser to Benefit PRF

In December 2006, in honor of their classmate Devin, St. Martin of Tours School in Canada raised over $450 for PRF during the holiday season by participating in a fun and festive fundraiser. Members of the school’s “Crafty Crew” made beautiful holiday necklaces and sold them with all proceeds going to PRF! Thanks for your support “Crafty Crew”!

Connecticut College Students Accept Coins for a Cure Challenge

Rebecca, a college student at Connecticut College in New London, CT, did a project on Progeria while she was in high school.  She loved doing the project and along the way had fallen in love with the Progeria children’s high spirits and unfaltering hope, and wanted to do more for them. She began sending personal donations to PRF, and this year wanted hold a fundraiser to raise even more money. Beginning in November 2006, she set up Coins for a Cure cans around campus, and held a competition between dormitories to see who could raise the most money in a week.  Her goal was to raise around $100. She raised $450.33!  Our heartfelt thanks to the generous students of Connecticut College, and especially to Rebecca and her boyfriend Matt, who helped her coordinate everything.   

Students at Benjamin Friedman Middle School Empty Piggy Banks to Honor PRF

Brenda, a fifth grade teacher at the Benjamin Friedman Middle School in Taunton, saw a brochure at the Middleboro YMCA about Kristian McGuinness’ Walk for Progeria Research last year. Ms. Ruggiero’s class was eager to raise funds for the walk in memory of Kristian.  In November and December 2006 students in Rooms 118 and 120 brought in their spare change to donate; in some cases, the children emptied their piggy banks! They raised $83.74 for PRF.  What a wonderful way to honor Kristian’s memory.  

Ruth Girls Raise over $500 for PRF at 2006 Holiday Fair

Emily and Margarette Ruth of Columbia, South Carolina, saw a show about Progeria on television and wanted to raise money for PRF and the children.  During the 2006 Holiday Season, they persuaded the principal of their school to let them set up a table at the holiday fair. They sold scarves, potholders, bracelets, and coin purses hand knit by Emily’s grandmother, and had a coin jar set up.  Emily also sold her own toys at a garage sale at her home.  The girls collected almost $550!  Thank you Emily and Margarette Ruth for your hard work and generosity!

Company Jeans Days Benefit PRF

FirstSource Laboratory Solutions in Carmel, Indiana holds “Jeans Day” every Friday, with employees paying $1 to participate. FirstSource chose The Progeria Research Foundation as the charity to whom they donate their monthly proceeds; they’ve already sent $356 for November and December 2006! We’re glad that FirstSource employees are comfortable on Fridays, and that PRF benefits from it as well!

NY High School Student Gets Fellow Students Involved

Kelsey, a student at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, NY organized a collection drive at her school for two weeks in November 2006. Kelsey was very creative; instead of using cans, she got lots of larger, empty shoeboxes at a local store, decorated them with pictures, and set one up in each homeroom. She raised over $450 - Great job Kelsey!

Kelsey and friend with one of the collection boxes she made.

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