Last Sunday morning was a perfect day for football. The air was crisp and crisp and the bleachers were full of parents, friends and community members who made their way to Westlake High School for Day 7 of the Mount Pleasant Wildcats Spirit.
But the real winner last weekend was none of the three teams from different age groups in the Mount Pleasant Wildcats Football Club and Cheer program or their opponents from Valhalla, Armonk or Scarsdale. This was the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a non-profit organization established almost a decade ago to help raise funds for innovative research aimed at finding treatments and cures for the most aggressive forms. childhood cancer.
The foundation is named after Ty Campbell, who died of a brain tumor in October 2012 when he was five years old. Her parents started the organization so that one day no other parent would have to go through the grief of losing a child to cancer.
“We are really counting on this event,” said her mother, Cindy Campbell, whose foundation has raised nearly $ 2 million since its inception. “We are counting on it. “
More importantly, advances are being made in clinical trials of potential treatments and technologies that weren’t there when Ty was fighting for his life, giving families more hope that their children can recover, Campbell said.
This year’s Spirit Day had its most successful renewal, raising $ 60,000 through donations and sales at the event, easily eclipsing the $ 42,000 that was brought in from the day in 2019, said the event organizer, Lori Ferrara.
She said that the pent-up energy and excitement of not being able to host the event last year along with the perfect weather helped community members spend the day outdoors with their families, friends and family. friends and neighbors, which sparked participation. In the seven years of holding Spirit Day, it has now raised approximately $ 165,000 for the foundation.
Ferrara said he wasn’t sure the event could take place this year until about three weeks earlier, and the Mount Pleasant community quickly organized Spirit Day.
“We got together in three weeks and it’s even bigger and better, so it’s a testament to a lot of people and volunteers because that’s really the point of this day,” she said. declared. “It’s about community and about teaching our kids to give back and stand up for something bigger than them. “
After the first of three football games, Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi and City Councilor Laurie Smalley presented Campbell with a proclamation from the town, congratulating her and the foundation as well as the Spirit Day volunteers who made the show. event on an important day in the local calendar.
Campbell choked back tears as she described how much Spirit Day means to her and to the children who will hopefully not only survive tough childhood cancers, but also grow and thrive.
“On a personal level it is very important for me to know how this community remembers my son and to know that the impact he had years ago is still remembered and honored in this beautiful way. with so many people, ”she said.