Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) March 06, 2013
Alex Sheen will speak on March 21 at Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (CCCFN) in Las Vegas about fulfilling his promise to send 20 children with cancer to Disneyland. The founder of the Cleveland-based social movement “because I said I would” recently made a promise to raise enough money to send 20 children to Disneyland after discovering that many children involved with the foundation had never had the chance to go there. Committing fully to the promise, he indicated that if he did not raise enough money, he would pay for the tickets himself. Today, Sheen has exceeded this goal and will be delivering his speech about this fulfilled promise to CCCFN staff, volunteers, board and children on March 21 in Las Vegas.
The goal was aided in part by a February 28 post made to the popular social news-sharing website Reddit.com by Kelly Webb on behalf of Candlelighters that received more than 500,000 page views in 6 hours, pushing the story to the #1 spot on the front page based on reader voting. In the post, she linked a series of photos that told the story of getting a package from “because I said I would” on behalf of Sheen containing 20 ‘promise cards’ to children, each with a hand-written note: “I will get you a ticket to Disneyland.” The package also contained a promise card for Webb which read, “Kelly, Please give these promise cards to the children. On March 21, I will fly to Las Vegas and personally deliver 20 tickets to Disneyland.”
“From everyone at Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, we want to say ‘thank you’ to Alex for working to raise this money. We’re looking forward to seeing you and those tickets on March 21st,” said Kelly Webb, Development Coordinator at CCCFN.
Webb’s 6:00 p.m. Reddit post unleashed more than just page views: By the time Sheen woke up the following morning, he had received 1,000+ emails and Facebook messages. National television shows started contacting Sheen and Candlelighters. The “because I said I would” organization received 1,000+ promise card requests in 24 hours, and on the following Monday he sent out a record-breaking 513 packages containing promise cards to locations all over the world. His friends have been helping him pack and ship them to keep up with the increased demand.
Candlelighters has also seen increased attention and activity since Webb’s post, including hundreds of donations within the first 2 hours and a total of $3,000 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Interested readers sent emails and messages from all over the world. 1,083 comments surfaced on the Reddit story in 4 hours, and the subsequent local and national media attention prompted businesses and companies to get involved with Candlelighters.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation (CCCFN)
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (CCCFN) is the first and oldest non-profit organization in Nevada serving families coping with childhood cancer. Candlelighters mission is to provide support, education, hope and advocacy through programs and services for children and adolescents with cancer, their families and the professionals who care for them.
About “because I said I would”
“Because I said I would” is a social movement dedicated to Alex’s father, who passed away from small cell lung cancer on September 4th, 2012. His father was always good with his promises. Alex helps people remember the importance of their commitments and motivates others to reach their goals. Through charitable promise projects, “because I said I would” strives to make a positive impact on our world.