Tossin’ bean bags and filling up a sleigh, cornhole tournament for ColeStrong foundation

 

GUMBORO, Del. – The ColeStrong Foundation is trying to continue its mission to spread awareness and raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research.

“We have a lot on our plate, but we are working hard to reach as many families as we can,” says President, Lauralyn Willey. She adds, “It’s our job to work towards getting them some gifts to help put a smile on their face while they’re in in-patient for treatment.”

Willey tells us, they partnered up with Millman’s Appliances to their ugly Christmas Sweater cornhole tournament on Sunday afternoon. The fundraiser not only raised money but allowed for community members to donate gifts for children battling cancer and blood disorders in the East wing of Nemours. Willey says it’s personal because she and her family spent a lot of time there.

“No one would have ever thought back in 2019 when our son was diagnosed with leukemia that at this point and his journey that we would now be helping other families.”

Gary Chorman, owner of Millman Appliances tells 47 ABC, there were no second thoughts about helping out with this event. “There’s a lot of children that are fighting this Christmas and they’re involved in the fight of her life,” says Chorman. He adds, “We are 53 years established in the community, for us it’s all about helping others.”

Meanwhile, Ryan McCracken, General Manager at Pittsville Ford says, it’s also important for them to do more than just business. “You have to do that, you have to get back to the community you have to want to do those things and we’re grateful for the position that we’re in to be able to give back as much as we do as a company.”

Besides bringing gifts to fill up a sleigh for children, participants were also able to drum up a little friendly competition with some holiday spirit. “I’ll tell you what, if we win this backyard tournament we’re donating it all back so I hope that happens today,” says McCracken.

If you’d like to learn about more events put on by the ColeStrong foundation or how you can help, just head to their website.

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