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Thank you for making the Sip and Swing Fundraiser a success!

Hey Folks!

Seeing a mixed community of people joined together under one cause is something truly special. To those who joined us at the Sip & Swing Fundraiser, sponsors, board members, community leaders, friends and family alike, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Michael and I could not have been more pleased with the turnout. It was hot and humid, even indoors, but you continued to rock with us and be a part of the magic. Watching our team pull this event together was amazing and so worth every ounce of effort given. Seeing old faces, new again, the mixing, the mingling all inspired me, even more, to be a human that creates memorable moments for all those with whom I serve, and this is just the beginning. We got to live vicariously through the beautiful 5-year-old Miss Aubree Cerruti of Sumpter, SC. After only meeting her a couple of days before the event, she showed me what winning looks like, for her, in this cancer space. She is living a full life, uninhibited by her diagnosis and focused on all the things around her because her mind is a little sponge right now. Life is full and exciting! She is bright and wants to be everything to include a rapper! (That tickled me pink!) She even took time to honor her daddy, Rob, mama, Kara, and sister Carmella during the event. She is reminded, in her speech, that her helps comes from them. It was genuine and heartfelt.

And while we could have focused on the hard part of not having Johnathan here, we found an opportunity to hunt the good stuff and showcase what this journey has provided us. We have been able to assist 6 families since our inception, raise $5,000 through this event by the generous support of our sponsors, participants and angel donors, give a $500 gift to the Cerruti Family, honor Cancer Warrior Aubree Cerruti, connect with great humans and so much more.

So, while we prepare for the last two events of the year please save the date for Saturday, September 9, 2023. Our Wreath and Wine Fundraiser is sure to bring merriment this holiday season. With registration comes a wreath making workshop, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvre. Come build a holiday wreath for yourself, a friend, or gift your wreath to a family in the hospital all while resourcing resilient families fighting childhood cancer. There will be door prizes and best wreath contest. No artistic skill required. All materials available on site. Finally, the 2nd Annual Be Johnathan Strong 5K Run/Walk is ready to accept registration! Follow the link HERE to register. Sponsors and food trucks inquires please contact Kathryn Martin via email at Kathryn.b.martin2@gmail.com or Ebonee McCain at eboneemccain18@gmail.com.

Stay safe and healthy. See you all soon…blessings.

Kat

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Childhood Cancer Warrior Aubree Cerruti

SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM KARA CERRUTI

Aubree is this beautiful, vivacious, precious, funny and extremely intelligent little girl. Her laugh is infectious, and her sense of humor is by far the greatest of all of her God-given gifts. Have I mentioned kindness? Prior to diagnosis Aubree was always helping someone else or thinking about how to make other’s smile. It’s just the type of pure little soul she has always been. So of course, after diagnosis it wasn’t shocking to see Aubree in her Anna or Minnie Mouse hospital gown making cards, bracelets, pictures for literally any and everyone.

In early 2022, after just moving to Manning, South Carolina from Long Island, New York, our 5-year-old daughter Aubree got diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia completely out of the BLUE! Her world went from attending school, playing with friends and riding her NEW bike to suddenly frequenting the hospital more than she ever has before and no longer being able to do those 3 things listed above for a while (until at least the end of treatment). During her countless hospital stays she endures chemotherapy, daily medications, blood transfusions, constant nausea, biopsies, CT scans, MRI’s, lumbar punctures after anesthesia, temperature checks, and the list goes on and on.

My husband Rob, Aubree’s 3-year-old sister Carmella and I have to watch as Aubree suffers. Aubree will drop to her knees no matter where she is and pray, this little girl knows that the Lord loves her. Though she has been praying a lot lately. These last couple of months she has dealt with neuropathy pains, stomach pains, daily steroid medications, chemo and daily nausea.

In the middle of treatment, we found out our landlords were selling our house and we needed to search for a new place to live, which we ultimately were blessed to find a home to rent in Sumter County. Now almost two years living in South Carolina, we all take an active part in Aubree’s care. Her daily steroid medication makes her ravenously hungry all day, every day and her Tuesday maintenance medication makes her irritable, ill, exhausted and anxious to name a few.

None of the things Aubree has endured physically, mentally or emotionally this year should have to be learned at 4 or 5-years-old. All in all, she is lucky to still see the joy in chaos and is brought peace by her friends and family. Aubree’s interests include; The Disney Princesses, all things Disney, unicorns, zoos, puzzles, painting, drawing, basically anything art related, swimming pools, playing with her younger sister and friends, her school- Harvest Community in Summerton, giraffes, and her two dogs, Babs and Buster.

Aubree and her family need your help. Bills are piling up, daily medications make grocery bills enormous, some medicines are not covered, gas to and from the hospital, the list goes on and on.

Any financial contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and God Bless.

Please follow AubreeStrong on Facebook, Venmo or visit

GoFundMe + type Aubree Strong  Journey

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Kat, thank you so much for hosting, decorating, coordinating, and inviting Aubree and I to come to your wondrous event. If we didn’t get a chance to meet last night, Hi there! My name is Kara and my spectacular daughter Aubree was in attendance last night for the amazing event hosted by Kat Martin with Melanated Melon honoring Johnathan McCain at Top Golf in Charlotte, NC. It was our honor to be there to not only support but enjoy this wonderful event that Melanated Melon has organized. Please do Aubree a HUGE FAVOR and share her Facebook page.

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The point of shares, likes and follows, is not only to get awareness of what Aubree is going through but to advocate for all the children who are suffering with pediatric cancer around the world and ESPECIALLY IN OUR GREAT TWO STATES of North and South Carolina. Together with Kat, Michael and their family, Ms. Kristine Schaffer and all of you we can continue to advocate for all of these children!

So please, again like and share Aubree’s page! As you all got to see last night her laugh is infectious and her personality is an explosion of kindness so Shout out to her on Facebook or find her on Instagram at aubreestrongxo

And to all the other wonderful people I had the chance to speak with and briefly get to know please STAY IN TOUCH!

We will continue to pray for sweet Johnathan, his family and a very special prayer for a Warrior Dad I met last night named Gary with Terrier Financial. We will continue to keep him, his family and precious Eden in prayer too.

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