Shane’s Village to give back at Jubilee
“It’s time we give back,” said Kristen Rogers of the overwhelming support her family has received during her 9-year-old son Shane’s ongoing battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia since his 2012 diagnosis. Kristen and her army of Shane’s Village will take over the Kidz Zone during the July 3 El Dorado Hills Town Center Fireworks Jubilee.
They’ll manage the Kidz Zone — seven bounce houses and at least one air-conditioned video gaming truck. A $10 wristband will guarantee unlimited bouncing and for $15 kids can enjoy video gaming as well. Face painting is free.
Next door a booth will promote Kristen’s brother Dave’s Tahoe Rim Trail run, a grueling 165 miles in three days July 11-13. “There will be a huge map, indicating where and how far Uncle Dave will run in Shane’s honor and for all childhood cancer awareness,” said Kristen.
A huge lemonade stand will be the family’s second both. Visitors will enjoy Icee style lemonade and lemon-themed food for sale. Round Table personal pizzas will also be sold.
All proceeds from the event go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
“We wanted to find a non-profit that focused on childhood cancer,” said Kristen. “Alex’s Lemonade Stand raises money for families to help through a childhood cancer diagnosis and they also have the highest percentage of money raised that goes directly to childhood cancer research. That was really important to us.”
Kidz Zone wristbands will be pre-sold at the California Welcome Center. The booths and Kid Zone will be open 6 to 9:30 p.m. (just before the fireworks begin).
“We need volunteers for event day,” said Kristen. “We need people to work one- or two-hour shifts at any of the three areas (lemonade, Uncle Dave’s run booth or the Kidz Zone. The plan is if we have many volunteers, then no one is overwhelmed.”
Shane continues to take chemotherapy to ward off the cancer and will undergo treatment until early 2016.
“We’re in a place where we’re ready to help other families who are struggling financially and we also want to find a cure for childhood cancer,” said Kristen. “We know what it’s like to receive that devastating news and not everyone received the generous support we have.”
Kristen also wanted to personally thank Town Center’s Tony Mansour for allowing Shane’s Village to host the events July 3.
Interested volunteers should email coordinator Shari Dickey at [email protected].
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