Shine Bright for Cancer Kids

Shine Bright for Cancer Kids

Cancer’s not canceled.

The pandemic is changing everything. But it’s not stopping the fight against cancer. Throughout September, the community is invited to join the fight by supporting the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Minnesota.

Thank you to all of the partner businesses and community members who supported us in 2020. You help us provide everything from music therapy to life-saving research to end-of-chemo celebrations. Together, we’ll make every day brighter. For the most amazing people on Earth.

Harper’s story

Early on in 2020, her family started noticing some concerning symptoms. Harper would have a fever on and off for weeks. Her legs hurt so badly that she’d have trouble walking and would limp. Her parents, Marissa and Nathan, took her to urgent care several times to try and figure out what was wrong. In February, the family received a devastating diagnosis – Harper had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read Harper’s full story »

Harper takes a photo with her Child life specialist, Sam, both wearing masks

Mia’s Story

Cancer changed Mia’s life. But it didn’t break her spirit. Diagnosed with a spinal tumor (Ewing’s sarcoma) at age 11, Mia spent 10 months at Children’s Minnesota and endured 14 rounds of chemo. Through the hardest days of her life, she stayed positive, thanks to the support of her nursing team, music therapists, child life specialists and, best of all, visits from our therapy pets. Read Mia’s full story »

RaZyia’s story

RaZyia was just 5 years old when she began complaining of leg pain so intense she couldn’t walk on it or even sleep. Concerned, RaZyia’s mom, Aminga, took her to the Children’s Minnesota St. Paul emergency department. After a day in the hospital, the doctor sat down with RaZyia and Aminga and shared the devastating news — “We think it’s cancer.” Read RaZyia’s full story »

RaZyia
Oliver in the hospital with Dr. Lane Miller

Oliver’s Story

The day Oliver’s family found out he was cancer free was a big day of celebration and happy tears. When Ashley described the moment they found out – she said, “I screamed and started crying. The nurse and the oncologist started crying, too. We all hugged and celebrated together.” Ashley and her family are so grateful for the care they continue to receive at Children’s Minnesota. Read Oliver’s full story »

Jordyn’s Story

24-year-old Jordyn Meskan is a proud North Dakota State University graduate—achieving a degree in civil engineering and a minor in Spanish. She is an active volunteer with Engineers Without Borders, works as a full-time civil engineer, and is a ski instructor. And on top of all of that, still finds time to garden, rock climb and watch Bison football. Needless to say, she wasn’t going to let a cancer diagnosis get in the way of her busy life. Read more 

Jordyn at Children's Minnesota
Hardy family photo

Joy and Hannah’s Story

It’s difficult enough learning about one medical diagnosis for a child, but for the Hardy family, their youngest two daughters were diagnosed with two different illnesses within the same month. Shortly after giving birth to her third daughter, Hannah, Evelyn Hardy found out that the family’s newest member was born with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disease. Soon after that, her second youngest daughter, Joy, who was only a year-and-a-half at the time, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read their full story

How to get your business involved

Be part of Shine Bright for Cancer Kids next September by providing special discounts or promotions to help us raise money for the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Minnesota. How your business gets involved is up to you — you could do a point-of-sale round-up donation or matching-funds gift. Complete this campaign proposal form to participate »

Learn more about the 2020 sponsorship levels »

About the Cancer Kids Fund

Children’s Minnesota cares for most of the children diagnosed with cancer in Minnesota.

And this year, more than ever, kids with cancer and blood disorders rely on the safe, effective, compassionate care Children’s Minnesota provides. Our Cancer Kids Fund allows us to not only provide the best-in-class care, but also important extras that alleviate stress and help with healing like:

Shop. Eat. Drink. Fight Cancer.

Thank you to the businesses who are part of this year’s Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to support children fighting cancer and blood disorders. See details below of the promotions and offers provided by 30+ participating businesses.

Business deals

Alakef Coffee Roasters

Alakef Roasters will donate all proceeds from the private label Shine Bright for Cancer Kids coffee purchases to Children’s Minnesota and the Cancer Kids Fund.

Amy's Cupcake Shoppe: Custom Cakes & Sweet Treats

Donating $1 from every ‘Shine Bright’ cupcake sold to Children’s Minnesota and the Cancer Kids Fund.

the art of cleaning logo

The Art of Cleaning will match customer contributions up to $500, for any service during September.

The Block: Food + Drink logo

$1 from each sale of our featured bourbon drink will be donated to Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

MN Brands for Good - logo

40% of sales during the month of September will support the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Minnesota.

dual citizen brewing logo

$1 from every pint sold of the ‘Beer of the Month’ during the month of September will benefit Children’s Minnesota.

Driskill's Downtown Market

Round up your purchase of groceries at the register during the month of September and support cancer patients and their families at Children’s Minnesota!

Helena Koivu

Helena Koivu is a skincare company committed to producing the purest, healthiest products. We strive for honest formulations that adhere to strict purity standards and will never contain harsh or toxic ingredients. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Children’s Minnesota.

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar logo

$1 from each sale of our featured bourbon drink will be donated to Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

The Mike Zimmer Foundation

The Mike Zimmer Foundation is once again supporting the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign by providing technology, games, entertainment and support for patients and families.

Norwex Independent Consultant Logo

This September, all commissions will be donated to the Cancer Kids Fund at Children’s Minnesota.

novus home mortgage logo

Like for a cause! Each “like” on this photo will generate a $1 donation to Children’s Minnesota and the Cancer Kids Fund.

Pub 819

$1 from each sale of our featured bourbon drink will be donated to Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

Stanley's Northeast Bar Room logo

$1 from each sale of our featured bourbon drink will be donated to Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

Thrifty White Pharmacy

Add a donation to Children’s Minnesota at check-out. Thrifty White Pharmacy locations across Minnesota will be accepting donations throughout the month of September.

the vine shop logo

5% of proceeds from all featured producer bottle sales will benefit Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

The Vine Room logo

5% of proceeds from all Featured Wine Flight sales will benefit Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

vibe organic juice bar logo

Purchase a ‘Acai House Bowl’ during the month of September, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Children’s Minnesota.

5% of sales from in-store and online orders on September 10 will be donated to Children’s Minnesota and the Cancer Kids Fund.

Kendra Scott

Use code GIVEBACK9032 for online purchases September 11 – 13 and 20% of sales will be donated to the Cancer Kids Fund. Want to shop in store? On September 24, in celebration of Give to Kids Day, 20% of all in store sales will also be donated to the Cancer Kids Fund.

LTD Brewing Co.: Hopkins, MN

20% of sales during the #GiveBackTuesday event on Tuesday, September 15 will be donated to Children’s Minnesota.

612 Brew

612Brew will donate $1 for every pint sold in their taproom on Wednesday, September 16.

Davanni's: Legendary Pizza, Original Hot Hoagies

20% of sales at the Edina Davanni’s location will be donated to Children’s Minnesota.

Additional sponsors

Conifer Health Solutions

As a company, Conifer Health Solutions is donating $25,000 to the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to help inspire others to give during our 24-hour giving campaign. Conifer Health Solutions are dedicated to fostering good health, combating hunger and connecting humanity through volunteerism and providing a foundation for better health.

Alliant Engineering logo

In celebration of their 25th anniversary as a company, Alliant Engineering, Inc. is donating $25,000 to the Cancer Kids Fund in support of the 2020 Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign. Their support will include a matching contribution to our direct mail piece in September, providing lunch for patients and families across the health system and donating a STEM themed ‘Party-in-a-Box’ to each patient receiving care with us on their birthday.

Minnesota Twins Logo

The Minnesota Twins are partnering with Children’s Minnesota to provide exclusive player experiences for our patients and families, as well as donating Minnesota Twins merchandise and supporting the campaign through their public channels.

Minnesota United Soccer Logo

The Minnesota United Football Club is partnering with Children’s Minnesota to provide exclusive player experiences for our patients and families, as well as supporting the campaign through their public channels.

Craft and Crew Hospitality

Craft & Crew will be donating $1 from each sale of our featured bourbon drink to Children’s Minnesota during the month of September at participating locations.

Walgreens

As a valued community partner, Walgreens is making a financial contribution to the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to support kids & families on their cancer journey. Walgreens touches millions of lives around the world every day; through the medicines they dispense and distribute, to their convenient retail stores.

Minnesota Wild Foundation

The Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Wild Foundation are partnering with Children’s Minnesota to provide a free lunch for patients and families across the health system.

One Less Wire

A nonprofit aimed at supporting teens battling cancer, will be donating Beats wireless headphones, gift cards and other items to teenagers currently battling cancer at Children’s Minnesota during the month of September.

The Weed Family

James and Kim Weed know firsthand how important the Cancer Kids Fund is for the kids and families we serve because of their own experience with their son at Children’s Minnesota. They are donating $5,000 to the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to help inspire other families and individuals to set up crowdfunding pages to raise money and support for the Cancer Kids Fund.

FOX Sports North

Fox Sports North is partnering with Children’s Minnesota during the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to help raise awareness about pediatric cancer throughout the month of September. Their on-air personalities are dedicated to sharing the importance of supporting the cancer and blood disorders program at Children’s Minnesota, and rallying behind families during their treatment journey.

Tiger Oak Media

Tiger Oak Media is partnering with Children’s Minnesota to build awareness for the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign by providing ad space in their magazine.

Twin Cities Business

Twin Cities Business Magazine is partnering with Children’s Minnesota to build awareness for the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign by providing ad space in their magazine and online.

in the clutch

In The Clutch Apparel has launched a new MVP Collection that will showcase designs of children depicting their favorite professional baseball and soccer players. These designs will be officially licensed by the MLBPA and MLSPA respectively, and a portion of their sales will benefit Children’s Minnesota.

St. Paul Saints

The Saint Paul Saints are partnering with Children’s Minnesota during the Shine Bright for Cancer Kids campaign to help raise awareness about pediatric cancer throughout the month of September.

Chemo therapy can be uncomfortable at any age. This month, at Children’s Minnesota, we’re partnering with JonnyPops to provide all of our cancer and blood disorder patients with JonnyPops to help ease the pain from mouth sores, or mucositis, that can occur during therapy.