In 2011 Pumpkins for a Cure became the signature event for our foundation, the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation. We are a granting organization and each year in January grants applications are available to organizations exempt from federal income tax pursuant to IRS 501(c)(3) engaged in research related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and/or cure of chronic childhood diseases may apply for a grant.
In September, cardiothoracic surgeon, author and television personality, Dr. Mehmet Oz joined Zellmer Wellness Foundation founder Mary Agnes Zellmer and Inez Toledo in New York at the Cantor Fitzgerald offices to promote and raise money for the foundation. Zellmer Wellness Foundation is one of many charities that will share in the money raised from this world wide event.
Nathan is wearing his bionic pancreas for the first time. Thank you to everyone that helped Nathan and his family participate in the trials. Check back over the next two weeks for updates on Nathan at camp.
ZCDF has chosen, nine year old, Nathan Schmidt of West Chicago to go to Boston for the Bionic Pancreas trials this August. Nathan was diagnosed, at the age of 3, with Type 1 diabetes. He can’t remember life without needles and finger sticks. However, he will get a chance to live diabetes free for 2 weeks this summer. Help us give Nathan the chance of a lifetime!
Like most kids he likes video games, basketball, baseball and he loves to take part in kid’s run and 5k run/walks. He attends Gary School in West Chicago and is an A student! Nathan lives with his older brother Ryan, his mom and dad West Chicago, Illinois.
ZCDF was given an opportunity to send a child from the Chicago area later in the summer. Nathan is a volunteer for the ZCDF and recently helped out at the Just For The Health of It 5k . He asked Mary Agnes Zellmer directly, “can I go to Boston?” Mary Agnes said, “he didn’t know it at the time, but he had already been chosen.”
The cost of the trial will be covered, but since the family is from out of state, a parent must be nearby in case Nathan gets a little home sick. The travel expenses for the family are $4,700 Please help us send this family to Boston! All donated money goes directly to the travel fund. ZCDF does not take any of these funds. 100% of any additional funds will be given to Boston University for the trials.
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