One Child’s Inspiration Provides Hope
In 1981, after being diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 10, Bonnie R. Freeman shared with her parents, “Let’s do something so others do not have to go through what we are going through.” Following this vision, Bonnie, her family and two family friends founded Stop Children’s Cancer. For two and a half years, Bonnie joyfully participated in writing and stuffing letters, helping with bake sales and doing whatever it took to let others know about Stop Children’s Cancer. One week before Bonnie lost her battle to cancer, her parents suggested that she write a letter that would encourage others to give to the worthy cause. With paper in hand, she sat down and wrote the letter. Every now and then she would ask a question like:
How much do you think we need to have to make a difference?
In 1983, interest rates were high, so one million dollars sounded like a good number. Bonnie was very self motivated and always wrote from her heart. She understood that her time was short, but that with everyone’s help Stop Children’s Cancer would make a difference. She was right. Stop Children’s Cancer has opened doors so many children can have the opportunity to enjoy life and hope for the future!
Though Bonnie lost her battle with cancer, her parents, Howard, Laurel and sister Carolyne R. Freeman continued her bright vision. The selfless dream of this one child has resulted in almost $6 million in donations to help fund pediatric cancer research at the University of Florida College of Medicine.