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Increasing awareness of childhood cancers & funding research for less toxic, more targeted childhood cancer cures.

SEBStember: Shave or Save Challenge

THE BEARD DISAPPEARS ON 9/25/20 AT 7:00 PM EST

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Join us in the fight against childhood cancer by participating in our Shave or Save challenge this September. The goal of Shave or Save is to increase awareness of childhood cancers. Did you know that every day 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S.? Their parents hear the words no parent should ever have to hear, “Your child has cancer”. Disappointingly and all too often, the treatment options available are extremely limited, outdated, and toxic, with severe short- and long-term side effects. Our son Sebastian’s only treatment option was over 40 years old!

This “SEBStember” YOU can help us change that!

You can participate in a few ways:
1-If you currently have a beard, mustache, or goatee you can commit to shaving or saving your facial hair. If you’re currently clean shaven, no better time than now to consider growing a beard, mustache, or goatee.

Whatever camp you fall in, facial hair or no facial hair, just pick whether you want to keep it or get rid of it at the end of SEBStember and set a fundraising goal. After that, go out and ask for support to reach your goal, while at the same time creating awareness around childhood cancer and the need for additional funding for research.

2-Participate by nominating someone to take part in the challenge (including your boss!).

3-Consider starting your own team. Get a group of co-workers together and compete against one another!

4-And finally, you can donate to a challenge participant.

Whatever option you choose, know that the money you raise will go towards funding less toxic, more targeted childhood cancer treatments and cures.

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See What Our Supporters Are Saying:

We support the SebastianStrong Foundation because children deserve a fair chance in fighting cancer.  Investment in childhood cancer is only a fraction of the monies invested in other types of cancer. We believe in the mission of SebastianStrong because we believe in Sebastian and his fight.”

Patricia M. Hernandez, Founding Partner, Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP

I support the SebastianStrong Foundation because as a parent it pains me to think about the very limited treatments available for children diagnosed with cancer. Raising awareness is critical in funding the research needed to provide more effective cures. With all of the advances in the treatment of other diseases (including other types of cancers) it’s mind-boggling to me why it is that the treatment of childhood cancer has been such a laggard.

Jose E. Cueto, President & CEO, International Finance Bank

Bank Director is excited to be involved in the fight to find less toxic cures for childhood cancer. We are so proud to join the many banks that support SebastianStrong Foundation.

Joan Susie, Chairman of the Board, Bank Director

At Professional Bank we value building relationships within our community! We also value & take pride in giving back by partnering up with organizations with important worthy causes. This is why we are proud to support the SebastianStrong Foundation & its mission to increase awareness of childhood cancer & help fund research for less toxic & more targeted cures. These causes are a reminder that we must not only be good as a company, but we must also do good!

Danny Martinez, Executive Vice President, Professional Bank

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer is not a dream, it’s a reality. It’s not an “if” but a “when”. US Century Bank is committed to our community & its children in ways big & small & supporting SebastianStrong Foundation is one of the many ways we help fight the fight & find a cure.

Luis de la Aguilera, President, CEO, & Director, US Century Bank

My family & I support SebastianStrong because we believe in the mission of “kids deserve better”. As a father of two, I cannot sit back knowing the stats on how underfunded pediatric cancer research is & do nothing. Kids deserve more targeted, less toxic treatments & in order to make that a reality, raising awareness & funding is critical. The work that SebastianStrong is doing on behalf of kids is so important & that is why my family & I will always support them.

Taylor Binder & Family

We can think of no better way to fight pediatric cancer than to join with the loving parents and friends of young people who have battled this awful set of diseases, and who are leading the way to eliminating them.  We support the SebastianStrong Foundation to help bring a cure for pediatric cancers and to honor Sebastian Ortiz, a young man whose life so clearly demonstrates both the good that is in our young people and the huge loss our society suffers when they are taken so early in their promising lives.

Robin and Bill King

We support SebastianStrong because foundations such as SebastianStrong are critical to funding research for cures and treatment options for pediatric cancers.  Because they are rare, childhood cancers simply do not get the attention and funding that adult cancers do. We want to do our part in spreading this awareness.

But mostly we support SebastianStrong and the Ortiz family because we are in awe of the strength and resolve they have shown in creating this foundation so that other children and families have better options and better outcomes. Rose and Oscar can count on our love and support until the day that such foundations are no longer needed.

Aileen Mendez & Family

I am humbled by your fervor and dedication. It is an honor to be able to participate in SebastianStrong!

Isabel Interian, Catering Director, Incredibly Catered Events

I embrace the efforts of SebastianStrong Foundation because of the dedication of Rosa and Oscar Ortiz to help find a cure to end childhood cancer after they lost that battle when their son, Sebastian, fell victim to childhood cancer. But he lives on through SebastianStrong. Additionally, almost 100% of funds raised go directly to these research efforts. Run Sebastian, Run!

Carl Gallo, Owner, Station America

I support SebastianStrong Foundation because of the memory of one of the most wonderful young men anyone will ever meet. To cherish & honor his name, to try to help children facing cancer as Sebi did, to ease that journey in Sebastian Ortiz’s name is truly a worthwhile cause.

Carmen Diaz
Make your tax deductible donation on-line or mail to SebastianStrong Foundation, P.O. Box 661156, Miami Springs, FL 33266.
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