New York, NY (PRWEB) October 19, 2012
Ty Louis Campbell, the innocent, adorable and courageous five-year-old whose story of his battle with brain cancer made its way around the world, passed away Wednesday afternoon in New York.
The Charity Bids team wishes condolences to Ty's family, loved ones and admirers found around the world on this very sad day.
Just two weeks ago, Ronen Lazar, Co-founder and COO of Charity Bids, received a request from Linda Scruggs, a registered nurse and writer at MOMtility.com, who had been following Ty's journey for 2 years via Cindy Campbell's blog (Ty's mom), looking to initiate a benefit for the Campbell family.
In a recent blog post, Ty's mom related that Ty had asked her to wear his Captain America hat every single day, even in the event that he passes. Linda thought it would be nice if others joined her to raise awareness of Ty's story. Linda consulted with the Campbell family and requested to see if there was any way that Charity Bids might be able to assist the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation raise funds through the sale of Captain America hats, Ty's favorite hat.
Although Charity Bids is ordinarily used as a charity auction platform alone, there was something special about Ty and his story which caused Ronen to work on a developing a fundraising campaign for this little boy.
With few Super Ty Captain America hats available for sale, Ronen worked closely with Linda Scruggs to launch and promote the sales campaign with a goal of raising $7000. Charity Bids is proud to announce that the fundraising goal has not only been exceeded, but that support continues to pour in.
"While the work we do is extremely rewarding, it is also very emotionally challenging at times. This is one of those times," said Israel Schachter, Co-founder and CEO of Charity Bids. "Pediatric illness is one of those things that always just stings you right in the heart."
"On behalf of Charity Bids, I would like to thank all those who participated in this fundraising and awareness campaign for Ty," said Ronen. "While I never had the opportunity to meet Ty, I drew incredible strength from his story and from seeing people from as far as Australia support a child they had no connection with. I'm sure that the Super Ty hats, which were to keep people's heads warm throughout the winter, will now keep people's hearts warm as well. We thank you all for your support and encouragement and we look forward to the day when cancer is a mere thing of the past."
"I am grateful to Cindy Campbell, for her willingness to share Ty's story with the raw emotion that only a mother can. I believe that by sharing her brave son's story with us via http://www.superty.org, she has helped uncover a veil of silence that surrounds pediatric cancer," said Linda. "My son is Ty's age, and we will proudly be wearing a Super Ty/Captain America hat this winter to honor a little super hero."
Thank you to Chris Therrien at Elope.com for helping make this auction possible.
About Charity Bids: Built by a team of longtime volunteer fundraisers, Charity Bids is a turn-key web and social media auction platform created exclusively for non-profit fundraising. Charity Bids creates and promotes branded standalone and/or seamlessly embedded multi-channel online & Facebook auction programs that enable non-profits to raise funds through the auction of in kind items and experiences either leading up to an event or on a standalone basis.
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About Ty Louis Campbell Foundation: On October 4, 2007, Ty Louis Campbell came into this world, and our lives changed forever -- just like that. We never knew love like that before. Then, on August 11, 2010, our lives changed forever again. A mass was found at the base of his skull and Ty was later diagnosed with an extra renal rhabdoid tumor; a very rare and aggressive cancer.
The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation is a 501c3 organization and is 100% dedicated to spreading awareness and funding research for better treatment options to cure pediatric cancer.
Thank you all for your tremendous support.
For more information, please visit http://www.superty.org