Nothing warms the soul like a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. Instead of starting a lemonade stand in the summer, eight-year-old Tristan Regini set-up a hot chocolate stand during the chilliest season of them all. Why you might ask? He did it to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora where his friend Cade was treated for cancer.
Back in 2013, Cade was diagnosed with cancer when a scan showed he had a brain tumor. He underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. As of April, Cade now shows no signs of cancer. Tristan was extremely grateful to the hospital for saving his best friend. “If there were no Children’s Hospital, there would be no Cade,” Tristan said. “He’s probably the nicest kid I ever met in my life.” Since starting the hot cocoa stand, Tristan has raised $3000 for the hospital. He hopes that the money he raised will save more lives.
This Thoughtful Thursday we thank Tristan for his generosity and providing his neighborhood with a yummy winter treat!
Here at Step2, we’re firm believers in giving back to our community. It gives us great joy to volunteer our time to organizations that help little ones, which is why we participated in the Change Bandits campaign and Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon for Akron Children’s Hospital. The mission of the Change Bandits program was to kick off the radiothon by encouraging schools, businesses, individuals and families to “rob” their friends, loved ones and co-workers of spare change. All of the change was collected the night before the radiothon.
We managed to collect $323.23 around our office and our CEO matched the amount to support this worthy cause.
On February 14, 2015 we spread the love by answering phones at the radiothon. The pledges from the radiothon and amount raised from the Change Bandits are used to fund patient care, research and buy child-size medical equipment.
Through the generosity of callers, participants in the Change Bandits campaign and volunteers of the radiothon, $481,277.98 was raised for Akron Children’s Hospital.
Thank you to our employees and other participants that donated their change and time to answer calls for this heartfelt initiative.
Everyone is beautiful, no matter what their abilities or what they look like. Here at Step2, acceptance is key and we’re inspired by Katie Driscoll, founder of Changing the Face of Beauty. We first met Katie and her daughter Grace during our 2013 Everybody Plays Campaign that showcased the beauty, happiness and uniqueness of differently-abled children at play.
Changing the Face of Beauty is a movement that focuses on showing the world how beautiful all people are. It’s their mission to encourage companies to cast children and young adults with different abilities as models in their advertisements. In the beginning of 2015, Changing the Face of Beauty launched a campaign called #IMREADY and invited 15 national retailers in 2015 to hire differently-abled models.
So far 37 companies have committed to featuring models of all abilities in their ads. To challenge a company to participate, just post a picture and tag your favorite retailer along with the #IMREADY hashtag.
We’ve always believed in including children of all abilities in our emails, website and social networks. Check out our latest beautiful model Hadlie hanging out on the Castle Top Mountain Climber.
This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor and thank all the companies that have participated in the #IMREADY campaign and Katie for her amazing efforts to teach the world about acceptance.