Our mission is to provide free technology to children with cancer and other serious illnesses to support their education, as well as their social and emotional well-being. Technology, including iPads, laptops, robots and Internet access, enables our children to continue their education during treatment while also remaining connected to family, friends and medical providers. We currently support children in the US ages 3-18 giving first priority to children in the Northeast.
(ME, NH, MA, VT, CT, RI, NY)
A big thank you to our friends at Pineridge Campground in Acton, ME for hosting a very fun and successful Cornhole Tournament raising over $7400!
The winner of the Genest fire pit raffle is Norm Beaudoin. The tournament winners are Josh Roy and Thomas Lovejoy, winning the final round 21-19.
To all our sponsors, players and volunteers, you're all winners for helping us say yes to children in need of technology. Thank you!
2021 VIRTUAL CHALLENGE
Thank you to all our participants, sponsors and donors for your generous support of our 2021 Virtual Challenge Event!
You are all wonderful, generous and kind - 52 additional children will be supported from the proceeds of this event!
Prize winners pictured above:
Best Individual Superhero Costume -:Mark Turcotte
Best Family Superhero Costum - Roy/Walfeild; Lee, Millie, Jess, Mark, Terri, Adam, Megan, Mackenzie and pup Abby
Best Dog Superhero Costume - Daisy Laurendeau
Meet Superstar Owen
Owen is a 6-year-old fun-loving, energetic boy who likes to play with trucks and Legos. In May 2020, while the world was newly experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic, Owen’s parents started noticing unknown bruising and red spots (Petechiae) on their son’s skin. An oncologist visit and blood work revealed Owen had Aplastic Anemia, which is a rare blood disease where the body fails to produce blood cells in sufficient numbers.
Treatment for Owen included a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) which he received in Boston, miles away from their home in Maine. Grahamtastic Connection gifted Owen with a new iPad during his BMT, which he uses to FaceTime family and friends who he otherwise would not be able to see while in isolation. Owen’s big sister also showed him some games to play including his favorite learning app Doulingo ABC. Fortunately, Owen’s BMT was successful, thanks to the anonymous donor chosen from over 200 matches in the donor database.
Owen’s iPad, along with our donated high-speed internet access, allows him to attend school remotely as he continues to grow stronger each day. Owen’s father Nicholas states, “Thank you Grahamtastic Connection for giving Owen the opportunity to develop new skills with the technology that you have so generously provided him.”