CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A group of Horace Greeley High School students camped out at Ben & Jerry’s in Mount Kisco Thursday evening selling scoops and cones to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.
The store will donate a portion of the proceeds to a local fundraising organization, Think Fit for Kids, founded three years ago by Chappaqua resident Kim Gilman. The Greeley students are members of the school's SHARE (Students Have A Responsibility Everywhere) program.
So far this year, Think Fit has raised $120,000 in its effort to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer. Since its inception, the group has raised more than $300,000.
“I would love to raise $500,000,” she said. “I don’t think that number is out of our reach.”
Sunday's Think Fit day will include a basketball clinic with John Wallace and the NY Knick Street Team, a giant family zumba class, a mommy and me class, face painting, a DJ, catering and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, in addition to a silent auction offering items donated by local merchants.
There is no official registration fee for Sunday's event. The suggested minimum donation is $100 per adult, $50 per child.
“The effort from SHARE, local merchants and the entire community has been overwhelming,” said Gilman. “This event has taken on a life of it’s own, and it’s amazing to witness.”
Gilman started the fundraising event three years ago when pediatric brain tumor diagnoses started popping up in the community.
“Pediatric brain tumors are more common than people think,” she said. “Over 3,000 kids are diagnosed in this country every year and there’s no warning signs. They just strike.”
“When tragedy strikes in the community, everyone wants to help,” she said. “This is a way to come together and support the families in this community that need the resources.”