Keep HOPE Alive Gala

Dear Parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas,

We, Mike and Maggie Laskowski, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 4th Annual Jackson Laskowski Keep HOPE Alive Gala and once again they are partnering with Levin's Children's Hospital.  The Gala will be held on Friday, September 20th at Oasis Shrine Temple Headquarters in Charlotte, NC.  The event will be an elegant evening of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.  We are hoping you will consider being a part of this GREAT event for a GREAT cause.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Jackson's story, on January 24th, 2010, at the very young age of 2, Jackson was diagnosed with Stage IV Hepatoblastoma (Liver Cancer) that had metastasized to both of his lungs.  In the first year of his fight, Jackson underwent 11 rounds of chemotherapy, a lung surgery, and a liver transplant.  He was declared cancer free by August 2010, however, his journey was far from over.  The next 18 months to follow, Jackson would continue his battle due to cancer returning to his lungs a couple more times, requiring another lung surgery and additional chemotherapy.  After having radiation on his lungs and receiving 7 more rounds of chemotherapy.  In May 2012, the doctors have determined Jackson cancer free once again.  You can learn more about Jackson's fight against cancer and continue to follow his journey at his Caring Bridge.

The Laskowski's are seeking sponsorships for this year's fundraiser, donations for their live and silent auction, and donations for their lottery scratch off raffle tree, all ways to help successfully raise more money for families in pediatric oncology whose children are struggling to fight cancer.

For more information about the gala, to make a donation, or to purchase tickets to attend the gala, please visit Jackson's website.

For more information regarding donations that may be needed, contact Maggie directly by email or by calling (704) 651-3405.

All Sponsorship monies and/or Donation items may be mailed to: Maggie Laskowski - Chairperson, 5020 Flagstone Court, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

* Sponsorship checks should be made out to Carolina's Healthcare Foundations with Jackson Laskowski KHAF written in the memo section of the check.

We appreciate your continued support.  This evening would not be possible without the generous donations from such loving and giving people like yourselves.

Many Blessings,

Mike and Maggie

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