We originally connected with Anthony in 2019 during his fight with DIPG. Our organization traveled to his hometown, Philadelphia, to host him a magical “Making Memories” Celebration fit for the little superhero he is. It was there we connected with TMLC, Anthony’s daycare owner Mrs. McClauey and her family.
Anthony was also the grandson of one of the teachers at the daycare center. Mrs. McClauley describes him as not only a student, but family. The staff wanted to have a party for him but didn’t want it to focus on his illness. They wanted to celebrate his friendship with the other students for all of the kids to come together
The daycare center also wanted to raise money to help the family and chose to celebrate in September for pediatric cancer awareness. Anthony loved superheroes which is what helped theme the party.
The kids did not know much about his illness, but knew that they were ‘helping a friend that had boo boo on his brain.’ The kids dressed as their favorite superhero!
They teachers also allowed the kids to make up their own superhero or dress in superhero pajamas out of mindfulness for families that wouldn’t be able to carry the price of a new costume. Teachers made superhero snacks. Families of the students raised $5,600!
This is the third year TMLC donated proceeds from its' “Superhero Shuffle” to The Forever Moriah Foundation. This year’s event was held on Thursday, September 30th, and was nothing short of amazing. TMLC kids, and staff, alongside Anthony’s family raised $2401 to support our mission and help us continue to impact childhood cancer fighters and their families!
We are forever grateful for Mrs. McClauey and the whole TMLC family.