Wrapping Up the 2014 Comfy PJ Drive and Still Making a Difference

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It all started with a little boy’s love for pajamas. Conner’s wish was for all children in the hospital to be as comfortable as he was in his “cool” and comfy pajamas. In its 4th year and going strong, Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive is continuing to fulfill that wish by collecting and distributing pajamas to children in hospitals throughout the region. Businesses, communities, schools, and all types of organizations are once again banding together to bring a little comfort to children who have to spend time in the hospital due to illness.

It is not only adults that are working to make this last year’s distribution a success, but other children, too. Conner’s wish has inspired Rachel Traphagen, who will be six years old this month, to make it her mission to collect as many pajamas as she can to help other kids feel more comfortable in the hospital. “My Mommy and Daddy were talking about giving pajamas last year and asked if I wanted to help. I am happy for the kids that need them, but sad that kids are in the hospital, like my Daddy was when he was 8 and had cancer,” she said.

Although most of the collections usually come from the region, Rachel has made it her goal this year to try and collect pajamas from all the states. “My Daddy told me about trying to get all the states. I wanted to try to get more people to help give pajamas. I have 23 states (and Scotland!!!) with a few more states coming. I have a total of over 210 pairs of pajamas with more coming each day!! I have more at my school where we are collecting, too,” she said.

The distribution from last year’s drive is still going strong! On February 12, 2015, we delivered 520 pair of pajamas to the Oncology Floor at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and on February 24, 2015, we dropped off 235 pajamas to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. They were so excited to receive our deliveries, and the children will be thrilled to have a new pair of pajamas waiting for them in their rooms!

Within the next few weeks, we will be dropping off approximately 200 more pajamas at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Of course we are anticipating this year’s Drive due to the dedication and support of people like Rachel Traphagen and so many others. We thank those who will be working hard to make our program a bigger success than last year, and your efforts will certainly make a difference.

For more information about our upcoming 2015 Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive starting this May, or if you would like to collect/donate a pair of pajamas (Boys & Girls, sizes 12 months to 16, with new tags), please contact us at info@cmhollandfoundation.org.

About Conner’s Comfy PJ Drive

Children who receive inpatient hospital care for cancer are typically limited in their ability to play, often times spending most of their days in bed. We believe making a child comfortable during their stay is important to their overall well-being. We created the Conner’s Comfy PJs program to meet this need. Each year during the month of May and June, we collect new pajamas that are distributed year-round to pediatric cancer units at The Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), St. Christopher, St. Jude, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Lehigh Valley Hospital. Since the beginning of the program in 2012, we have collected and distributed almost 3,000 pajamas to children across the region.

Grant Delivered

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We are excited to report that the Foundation issued another financial grant to a local family affected by pediatric cancer. The Syphard family was incredibly grateful for assistance. Thank you to all our donors who made this possible!

Syphard Family Medium

2014 Conner M. Holland Foundation Gala Table Sponsors

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I would like to formally thank the table sponsors for this years Conner M. Holland Foundation Gala. Thank you for partnering with us on our most important fund raising effort of the year!

Eden Park Pediatrics
Bathcrest
Cheryl and Friends Spa and Salon
The Hess Agency
Williams Apothecary Inc
Kevin Hale
Myers Computer
Dereck and Tina Hench
Landis Garage
Alure Salon
Winning Touch Nursery
Brookhills Investment Group
Dean and Carry Snyder
Steve Holland
Nate and Rebekah Hoffer
Kevin and Sheryl Holland

First Grant of 2014

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We are pleased to announce the distribution of our first grant in 2014 to the Paul Family. For privacy reasons, our grantee asked that we not disclose the details of her child’s illness, however, she was incredibly thankful for our help. She continually said “thank you, thank you” to me during this evening’s visit.

In that spirit, I want to say THANK YOU, donors, for bringing smiles to another hurting family! Your generous donations to the Conner M. Holland Foundation allow us to reach in and help families affected by pediatric cancer. Remember, your partnership has an IMPACT!

December 2013 Grant Awarded

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Last weekend we awarded a grant to the Marola Anes family. Your donations allowed us to step in and meet a critical need before the holidays. Thank-you for your commitment to our families in 2013, and we look forward to your continued partnership in the year ahead.

Marola Anes, with her sisters Madleen (left) and Baraxina (bottom)

Marola Anes, with her sisters Madleen (left) and Baraxina (bottom)