Get your PJs on… Make a difference!

By Nicholas Wesoloskie

On December 11th people across Connecticut will stand together in support of the kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center who wear PJs for days weeks or longer while fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. I hope one day to see everyone across the state, come together on this day to help these patients.

In 2011, as a 2nd grader, I started PJ Day for the Kids to help other brave kids like my sister. When Charlotte was just 3 weeks, old she was diagnosed with cancer. She fought courageously for her entire first year of life. We are so thankful for the amazing doctors and nurses that helped her get healthy. She is in 3rd grade now and over 7 years cancer free! We want to help other kids and families as they go through similar experiences.

Once a year, kids wear their PJs to school in honor of the kids at Connecticut Children’s. They are asked to bring a donation of $1 or more, or a toy for the treasure chests at the hospital.

PJ Day for the Kids has really taken off this year getting support from 19 schools, 42 Dunkin Donuts stores, 5 Highland Park Market’s, 9 Domino’s Pizza’s and many more small businesses. The staff at all Connecticut Children’s locations are joining in too this year! It is clear how strongly everyone feels about helping these kids.

Many have a story to share like Chery Trudon, of ERA Blanchard and Rossetto. Her daughter had cancer at the same time as my sister. Chery has been PJ Day’s largest supporter, donating $100 from each house she sold this year, totaling over $2500 as of August!

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Other friends from the hospital have started PJ Day events in their towns, like Farmington, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, West Hartford and Tolland. It seems like new schools join every day!

It’s not too late for a school or business to join in. Help spread the message about the miracles that happen at Connecticut Children’s and help raise funds and spirits. All donations benefit the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Connecticut Children’s. You can donate today or learn more at http://pjday.kintera.org.

Our dream of having the whole state standing together in support of the kids is closer to reality!

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