Childhood Cancer Awareness

downloadMost people don’t know this but September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Gold is the color of the ribbon that stands for childhood cancer…



A few statistics on Childhood Cancer…..

Everyday 43 children are diagnosed with Cancer. 12% of those children will die. One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. Cancer knows no ethnic group, gender or socio-economic groups. The average age for a child to be diagnosed with cancer is 6. 60% of these kids will suffer effects later in life such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers. Childhood cancer is not just one disease, it is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes. Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.


A few ways to help…..

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962, its goal then was for families to never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, housing or food, which is still their goal today. They lead the world in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer, they also create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital. St. Jude’s freely shares these breakthroughs. Every child that is saved at St. Jude’s means doctors and scientists all over the world can use that knowledge to save more children. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s daily operating cost is $2 Million dollars, 75% of the budgeted costs are covered by public contributions. St. Jude’s makes it possible to focus on what matters most, regardless of the financial situation for families. The treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall Cancer Survival Rate from 20% up to 80% in the past 50 years since they opened their doors.

For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital go to


Locally in Perry, Florida the 3rd annual “The Great Race” 5k Run / Walk will be held on October 24th, Presented by Big Bend Track Club, Inc.. The event will raise money to help a child / children in the community who are fighting life-threatening illness like cancer. The money raised will help families with the cost of treatments like chemotherapy, travel expenses and other medical costs. The Big Bend Track club is working with doctors within the community to determine who is in need of these funds the most.

For more information on this event go to!the-great-race/eqt4d


Another event that’s local for us here at Nature Bridges is The Belt Buckle Ball. The event is hosted by the Children’s Miracle Network at Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The Belt Buckle Ball will be held in Tallahassee, Florida on Nov. 6, 2015 at The Farm Equestrian Center. The community will put on their biggest belt buckles, and enjoy music, funny-money poker, bull riding and games. Guests will be raising funds toward patient and family support at Shand’s Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $75 each, you can become a sponsor at many different levels.

For more information on this event and to get your ticket or become a sponsor go to

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Sheriff’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Nature Bridges recently received a flyer in the mail from our own Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department seeking sponsorships and information regarding the “Sheriff’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.” Sheriff David Hobbs puts on this golf tournament to benefit local charities of his choice.  As I was reading this on the flyer it made me all the more proud that our company would be putting a team in the golf tournament to support whatever local charity Sheriff Hobbs decides on donating to this year. Some of the charities that he has divided the proceeds among in previous years include Jefferson Relay for Life, Jefferson Senior Citizens Center and Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches. Sheriff Hobbs also makes sure some of the proceeds go towards the bicycles he purchases at Christmas for many of the needy children in our community. We here at Nature Bridges are impressed with our Sheriff being so involved in our community and caring about the local seniors , youth and children as well as supporting our local Relay for Life. We look forward to hearing the charity or charities he chooses this year. If you would like more information on the sponsorship levels or format of the golf tournament as well as prizes, please contact Cricket Edwards at 850-997-1045 or

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Clays for Kids

Recently Nature Bridges had the opportunity of being a station sponsor for Aucilla Christian Academy Alumni Association & Friends’ Clays for Kids event. Clays for Kids was founded in an effort to raise monies to create and further enable existing non-profit organizations to help meet the needs for our children. Each year, ACA gives $70,000 in need-based scholarships to families who would not be able to afford to send their children to a private Christian school. So this year, ACA Alumni Association and Friends partnered with Clays for Kids for the first-ever event on January 10, 2015, at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia. There were several options for donor opportunities including individual, team, corporate and station sponsors. We chose the station sponsor which included our business name displayed  on signage at one of the shooting stations. The event began at 8:30 a.m. kicking off with a sponsored continental breakfast for all players. In addition to the $20,000 that was raised, a generous but anonymous ACA graduate gave a $20,000 matching gift so we were able to meet our $40,000 goal. So as you can see, with incredible support from our local communities including Perry and Madison, goals can be reached and achieved. For more information on participating in the 2nd annual ACA Alumni Association’s Clays for Kids event this fall September 19, 2015, please contact CFK_1 CFK_2 IMG_9764 IMG_9765 IMG_9859

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The Lunch Project

I received a email from Jeremy over at Jelly Bean Design not too long ago with the pictures I have posted on today’s blog and they have obviously inspired me to tell you about a organization called “The Lunch Project”.  Jelly Bean Design donated to The Lunch Project on behalf of all its clients for Christmas.  Jeremy emailed the pictures to us for the meal sponsored by Nature Bridges.  

The goal  for the Lunch Project is to provide long-term financial support so the local mothers can cook and serve nutritional meals to children in Tanzanian primary schools.  The Lunch Project also educates schoolchildren in the Charlotte area about global philanthropy.

I am new to Nature Bridges so it was a surprise to see these pictures when I opened my email, as I had no idea that Nature Bridges, via Jelly Bean Design,  donated to The Lunch Project.  I noticed many things in these pictures; the looks on the children’s faces, the desks where they sit, the clothes they are wearing, the walls in the school… and all of these things made me think of the world in which we Americans live in compared to the world of these children in Tanzania.  I walk into my own children’s classrooms and I see children wearing many different styles of clothes, the clothes fit and aren’t torn.  I see pictures on the wall to help them learn the specific things they are studying and  I see individual desks for each child.

We are a fortunate country to not have to worry about the everyday struggles these children in Tanzania face, as well as their mothers.  Can you imagine our government allowing $700 a year for ONE school to buy books and teaching materials as well as paying for all maintenance and administration?  I’m sure you all have assumed that doesn’t leave any funds to provide the children with a lunch program.

That’s where the Lunch Project stepped in and came up with a simple idea.  Each child brings a piece of firewood and a bowl the day of the lunch.  The country coordinator purchases all of the cooking ingredients the day of the lunch and the local mothers will cook lunch for 950 students. The reality is that these children don’t have this lunch every day.  Nature Bridges will be sponsoring a lunch again soon and hope that this blog will inspire you to check out their website and you and/or your company will sponsor a lunch for these children.

For more information go to :

Until next time…Allison Eades, Senior Administrator for Nature Bridges

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