While some grandmothers might be content pursuing hobbies and pastimes like gardening, traveling and doting over grandchildren, one special group of grandmothers is determined to make a difference in the world.
Indeed, they are making a difference and have been for decades since their inception in 1938. The National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America, with more than 1,000 members within chartered clubs throughout the United States, works tirelessly to raise money for innovative research relating to diseases that affect children. With cancer as the leading cause of death by disease in children, their focus is astutely on solving childhood cancers.
Recently, the Federation presented CURE Childhood Cancer with approximately $18,200 and has donated nearly $250,000 since 2003 to support pediatric cancer research. CURE has gratefully been the Federation’s selected national charity for six years.
The 44 chapters of the Grandmother’s Clubs of American raise money the hard way, through garage sales, bales sales, fundraising dinners and other programs throughout the year, and their commitment pays off for CURE and the children we serve.
“We are so grateful to all the grandmothers in the National Federation who have supported CURE Childhood Cancer’s primary goal to fund vital cancer research and wipe out pediatric cancers,” notes Executive Director Kristin Connor, whose own son was diagnosed with cancer as an infant. “Without groups like The National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America, we couldn’t have the kind of direct impact we do on advancing childhood cancer research. To all of us who have walked this road with our own children, we are so thankful for all their support.”