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Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving

1oth Annual Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving

We are so excited to partner with the greater Charlotte area Jersey Mike’s locations all month long for their Month of Giving. Save the date, Wednesday March 25th, and join us for their Day of Giving. Grab a sub (or 10) because 100% of sales will be going to our foundation. Last year, $167,319.87 was raised during Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving for the Isabella Santos Foundation and pediatric cancer research! Since 2018 more than $300,000 has been raised!

CHANGE FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER IS JUST A FEW BITES AWAY…

It’s simple. Follow These 3 Easy Steps To Participate:

  1. Eat at 43 greater Charlotte Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, use the coupons below, and buy a cookie.  100% of cookie sales go back to the foundation all month long.
  2. March 25th is the ‘Day of Giving’ where 100% of sales go back to the Isabella Santos Foundation at participating stores in the Greater Charlotte area.  Put it on your calendar now so you don’t forget, invite your coworkers, family, and friends to lunch or dinner on this day.
  3. Work in an office?  Order for your team, pick up for the group, eat lunch together.  You can call in your group order ahead of Day of Giving on March 25th.

LOCATIONS

43 Participating greater Charlotte Jersey Mike’s locations

IN STORE COUPONS 

3/2-3/8 ($1 off Regular or Giant) 

3/9-3/15 (Buy a regular sub get the second for $3.99) 

3/16-3/21 (Free chip and drink with any sub purchase after 4 p.m.) 

3/22-3/24 only ($1 off Regular or Giant) 

New Decade. New Look.

New decade. New look. ISF is evolving and growing.  Just like Isabella would be if she were still here. She would be thinking about her future, getting ready to drive, maybe even getting a job… she’d be growing up. 

And The Isabella Santos Foundation is too.  We are beyond excited about the direction ISF is heading. Every detail from our logo and the colors we use, to our mission and our giving program is evolving with intention and purpose behind every element.   

Hello new logo…

As we evolve as a foundation and honestly as a team, we are feeling a little emotional as we say goodbye to our little girl logo. She has been with us from the beginning and she has shown up in all that we have done to get to this point. 

Over 12 years ago we started with our first logo, an innocent and childlike stick girl, a simple representation of Isabella as she was first diagnosed with cancer. What started out as a stick figure little girl in which Isabella could easily draw and color, became a symbol of her legacy. 

In the beginning it was only about her.  That simple logo moved and shaped into a life of its own.  We have seen her running, drawing and perched up proud at every event and fundraiser and has occupied a front row spot on everything we would print.  Our little girl evolved to a ‘Girl on the World’ because that is how we saw Isabella.  And while It started with her, she is still changing the world. But as we grow, we have realized it has become about others. Others just like her.

It was Isabella’s dream to “Beat cancer, grow hair, and live my dreams.” ISF was founded in her name and dedicates itself to expanding its impact to others, so kids with rare cancers have a fighting chance. It has become about all of them. It is so they can run, draw and take a front row spot at their favorite event. Isabella is the legacy and will always be our little girl. In order to continue changing the world…she would want our focus to be on them.

Updated mission, updated purpose…

You never know you need a foundation like ISF, until it’s too late. As parents focus on fighting for their child, we are working to bring change.  

Over the past 12 years ISF has granted nearly $4 million toward expanding the scope of research and treatment, and supporting families dealing with cancer in a variety of ways.

  • $1.9M+ donated to Levine Children’s (tag)
  • $1.2M+ donated to National Pediatric Cancer Trials & Studies
  • $500K+ donated in Family Support

Our relentless pursuit to help kids Beat Cancer, Grow Hair and Live Their Dreams in Isabella’s honor requires tremendous support from the community and from our donors. Our vision is to inspire a 360 degree impact for kids fighting rare cancers… from diagnosis, to treatment and ultimately, to survivorship.

Introducing the Beat. Grow. Live. Targeted Giving Program which will give you the ability to directly support how you want to impact the fight against pediatric cancer. Whether you have a tie to a specific cancer, a strong feeling to help fund a trial in tribute of a loved one or simply believe in donating to give pediatric cancer lasting change. Whatever speaks to you, we want you to feel the impact of your donation.

Beat Cancer, Investing in Rare Pediatric Cancer Research, 70% of our Mission

Grow Hair, Improving Trials & Studies, 20% of our Mission

Live My Dreams, Supporting Families Affected by Cancer, 10% of our Mission

Asking Others to Give Back For My Birthday

It’s Erin, Isabella’s Mommy… today is my birthday. Each year, I try to act like my birthday isn’t that big of a deal, but for those of you who really know me… it is. In years past it has really been a celebration that lasted well over 10 days. There were private celebrations, lunch celebrations, a girl’s trip, some kind of romantic thing – I loved it all. Maybe it is because there aren’t many times throughout the year where I feel comfortable celebrating myself. Mother’s Day? Forget about it. Christmas? I pride myself on being a great gift giver and love that. So… my birthday is the one day that I can and that is all me.

Some people have birthdays that are during the best times of the year. One of my friends has a Cinco de Mayo birthday… um, I want this. My birthday , on the flipside, is the WORST time of year. February 2nd. Groundhog Day. Also, often times falls on SuperBowl, which is hands down the worst birthday for a woman – ever. So maybe this is why I take the day on and try to make it my own.
But now that I’m a grown adult, I don’t anticipate the birthday for the gifts that I’m going to get. I don’t have that pair of shoes on the wish list for months, waiting for this day so I can unwrap them in a fancy restaurant. These days, I buy absolutely ridiculous shoes like most women – when I can’t afford them, on a bad day of work. But… it is never a regret.

So, at the ripe (and I mean ripe) old age of 43, I chose to do the responsible thing ask others to give back. The death of Madison Fedak over the holidays shook me. Like, rattled me to the core. I kept my distance from her for a long time because she reminded me so much of Isabella. Her look, her demeanor, the way that she interacted with Rachel, even the way that Sophia became so drawn to her. Then she went into remission. I let my guard down because I felt like it became safer. This little girl was going to make it and she could be one of those stories I was so happy to be a small part of.

Then, she relapsed. As a parent of a child with rare cancer, relapses aren’t good. All this work we do, all this money we try to raise… and I’m watching it take one of my favorite people I have met since Isabella died. I remember texting her Mom, while crying and apologizing that we didn’t do something fast enough for her. It was that helpless feeling all over again. This family would speak at our events and drive two hours from their hometown, if we asked, and in the end – it felt like it was all for nothing, because the dreaded story ended the same way. To be honest, I began to question what we were really accomplishing here at ISF.

But, a couple of weeks after her death, I finally had the strength to write a letter to her mom. This is a horrible club that we belong to. But sometimes, someone is sent to us and then taken away. And way too soon. But in their absence, change is made. Isabella was one of those kids, and Madison is another. While I know this doesn’t make the loss any different for her parents, I know that it will over time.

So instead of buying (those overly expensive and way too impractical shoes that seem so “fun”,) I’m asking for donations in honor of Madison. Because she is one of the reasons we are doing what we are doing here at ISF and because she was one of those kids. There was something really special and I want to honor her because she truly was so much like Isabella. That is truly the best birthday gift I can think of. We selected an Osteosarcoma trial in her honor and it’s so much more important than these shoes. Best part, it’s crazy easy to do these birthday fundraisers. Facebook targets you right around your special day and ASKS you if you want to create a charity fundraiser for your birthday. I saw it and thought, “Hell yes.”. A couple of easy clicks later, I set a goal and clicked “share”. The first night I raised over $500. I woke up to donations and smiled because I realized that maybe this is the birthday present we should all give ourselves.

…But. I’ll eventually get the shoes too. 😉

My Facebook Fundraiser

In Honor of You, DJM

Madison, I wish I could be naming all your new stuffed animals with you right now, so instead I just bought a flamingo and unicorn Squishmallow that I can hold every night. 

Madison was the kind of person that people meet once and are immediately connected to. She was a kid that impacted more in her 7 years than some people do in a lifetime. She had the sweetest voice you have ever heard. What I would do to hear, “Ms. Meredith, I love you”  just one more time.

Then I think about Laura (ironically my mom’s name), Riley (ironically my middle name), and Mickey who are the most loving, giving, selfless, and determined family I ever met in Charlotte. The kind of family I would want to have one day. How could this happen to them? 

It doesn’t make sense and we will never stop missing you, but we are taking action for you and your family. I’m on the ISF board and will be part of the team focusing on raising funds for osteosarcoma trials. We are going to make sure that we find a cure for kids like you with rare pediatric cancers — all in honor of you, DJ M. 🎶  

We used to dance to “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana every time she came into Seacrest Studios (we got some pretty incredible moves I must say so). A pretty perfect song for both of us, because there are no limits to how far I’ll go to fight for you and to find a cure for osteosarcoma. #TeamMadison and #TeamISF are behind you forever. 

Together we can help kids Beat Cancer, Grow Hair, and Live Their Dreams.

Love,

Meredith, ISF Board Member

Tribute. Legacy. Honor

This picture was taken on the morning of December 23, 2019 as we presented $650,000 to the Levine Children’s oncology team.  This particular morning was incredibly special to me for several reasons, not only because of the big dollar signs.

Many of you know, I lost my mom suddenly on November 3rd, to ovarian cancer. The holidays were thrown right on top of that, so these last few months have rubbed my family raw. The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming with almost $10,000 donated to ISF in honor of my Mom.  Amid so much pain and grief, each donation brought a little unexpected joy to our broken hearts.

My family was in town for the holidays, so I asked my Dad to go with the team up to the hospital to present this check.  Afterall, almost $10,000 of that check included all of Mom’s tributes we received at the end of the year. I also thought it would be great to show him the place and the people I work so passionately for, day in and day out. Dad was thrilled and asked if we could head up a little early to visit with Merritt and her parents since they were in clinic that morning.

Why did my Dad want to visit with Merritt and her family?  He wanted to personally say ‘Thank You’ to them for attending my Mom’s Celebration of Life.   To say, ‘Thank You’ for driving 10+ hours round trip across the state for a woman they have never met. To say ‘Thank You’ for honoring her and paying tribute to her. And to say ‘Thank You’ for supporting us. It was so thoughtful that they took the time to support our family during such a difficult time. 

Thinking back to December 23rd as being incredibly special, is an understatement. For me it signified strength, healing, love, guidance, family, encouragement, lasting legacy, change and so much more.  A full circle moment for us celebrating my Mom’s life in a special way and giving my Dad the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to a cancer family I support… that is now supporting us. In hindsight, it would have meant the world if my Dad was in the picture with us, but just his being there meant everything.  

Tribute. Legacy. Honor… all words you will hear us say A LOT this year at ISF.  We are so excited for what’s to come, because every move we make in 2020 will be in honor of someone special.  We want to help turn all the pain into change for kids fighting cancer.  

Together we can help kids Beat Cancer, Grow Hair,  and Live Their Dreams.

Much Love,

Rachel, ISF Marketing Director

Events

13th Annual bRUNch, 5K, 10K & Fun Run for Kids Cancer

It’s time to run for all the food!  Join us on Saturday, September 26 for the 13th annual bRUNch, 5K/10K For Kids Cancer event. Work up a sweat and get hungry with our 5K, 10K or Fun Run followed by Brunch with a selection of Charlotte’s tasty eats and drinks.  Raffles and Kids Zone with games, bouncy houses, face painting and more will be back. Who wants to Run and Brunch with us and help make an impact on pediatric cancer?

A family favorite, the ISF 5K/10K & Fun Run for Kid’s Cancer event  is a great way to spend your morning with friends and family while making an impact on kids fighting cancer! Our flagship event was started in honor of one girl’s fight and it inspires us to see our community rally behind us to make this day bigger every year. There will be a 5k and 10k course, along with a one-mile fun run.  Run, walk, skip or dance your way through the finish line… we don’t care which you do, we just want you to join us! In addition to our running options, your kids can tire themselves out in the kid’s zone, you can munch on the the brunch yummies and browse through the selection of fun raffle items onsite.  

The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) was founded in honor of Isabella who lost her battle against neuroblastoma in 2012. ISF works to improve rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to improve the survival rate of kids with cancer. ISF has partnered with Levine Children’s Hospital to establish the Isabella Santos Foundation Rare and Solid Tumor Program. The program will oversee care for all solid tumors, rare tumors, MIBG therapy and all related clinical and scientific research at LCH.

Annual ISF Blood Drive

Join us as we team up with OneBlood on March 7-9th, to host blood drives throughout the Charlotte area on what would have been Isabella’s 15th birthday to honor her life and legacy.  OneBlood is like a family to us and we will never forget their support and dedication in increasing Isabella’s quality of life.  This will be our largest blood drive yet with locations and mobile units across the city.  For every confirmed donation, OneBlood will generously donate $10 back to ISF.  We hope you will join us to help honor Isabella’s life and legacy bringing in a record number of blood units for our community over these several days.  Make an appointment today, view all locations and appointment times.

MARCH 7-9TH DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Isabella Santos Center in Ballantyne | 12239 N. Community House Road

  • Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Charlotte Center | 4447 South Blvd

  • Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, 10 am – 5:00 pm

OneBlood’s Big Red Bus Mobile Units

  • Isabella Santos Center:  12239 N. Community House, Charlotte
    • Saturday 3/7, 8:00 am – 3 pm
  • Stonecrest /Jersey Mike’s:  7716 Rea Road, Charlotte
    • Saturday 3/7 & Sunday 3/8, 12 am – 5 pm
  • OrthoCarolina:  1915 Randolph Rd, Charlotte
    • Monday 3/9, 9:00 am – 4pm
  • NoDa Brewing:  2921 N. Tryon St
    • Sunday 3/8, 12 am – 5 pm

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Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving

1oth Annual Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving

We are so excited to partner with the greater Charlotte area Jersey Mike’s locations all month long for their Month of Giving. Save the date, March 25th, and join us for their Day of Giving. Grab a sub (or 10) because 100% of sales will be going to our foundation. Last year, $167,319.87 was raised during Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving for the Isabella Santos Foundation and pediatric cancer research! Since 2018 more than $300,000 has been raised for ISF!

EAT SUBS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER

It’s simple. Follow These 3 Easy Steps To Participate:

  1. Eat at 43 greater Charlotte Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, use the coupons below, and buy a cookie.  100% of cookie sales go back to the foundation all month long.
  2. March 25th is the ‘Day of Giving’ where 100% of sales go back to the Isabella Santos Foundation at participating stores in the Greater Charlotte area.  Put it on your calendar now so you don’t forget, invite your coworkers, family, and friends to lunch or dinner on this day.
  3. Work in an office?  Order for your team, pick up for the group, eat lunch together.  You can call in your group order ahead of Day of Giving on March 25th.
  4. CHANGE FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER IS JUST A FEW BITES AWAY…

    It’s simple. Follow These 3 Easy Steps To Participate:

    1. Eat at 43 greater Charlotte Jersey Mike’s Subs throughout the month of March, use the coupons below, and buy a cookie.  100% of cookie sales go back to the foundation all month long.
    2. March 25th is the ‘Day of Giving’ where 100% of sales go back to the Isabella Santos Foundation at participating stores in the Greater Charlotte area.  Put it on your calendar now so you don’t forget, invite your coworkers, family, and friends to lunch or dinner on this day.
    3. Work in an office?  Order for your team, pick up for the group, eat lunch together.  You can call in your group order ahead of Day of Giving on March 25th.

    LOCATIONS

    43 Participating greater Charlotte Jersey Mike’s locations

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    IN STORE COUPONS 

    3/2-3/8 ($1 off Regular or Giant) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3/9-3/15 (Buy a regular sub get the second for $3.99) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3/16-3/21 (Free chip and drink with any sub purchase after 4 p.m.) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    3/22-3/24 only ($1 off Regular or Giant)