National Training Conference Silent Auction Recipient
It has been a tradition at recent National Training Conferences to conduct a vendor sponsored Silent Auction benefiting a worthy cause. Since starting this program in 2011, the Silent Auctions have raised a total of $60,000 for the sponsored organizations. We have supported the AFLAC Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA as the child of one of our Franchise Owners was receiving treatment for leukemia at that facility.
The other organization we helped to support was The Fisher House, which provides housing near military hospitals for the families of current and veteran military personnel who are receiving medical care. Fisher House helps relieve the financial burdens of lodging and travel for these families during stressful times. Helping military families stay with their loved ones while they receive medical treatment often results in a quicker recovery time so we are proud to help these heroes after protecting our freedom.
Spring-Green Helping One of Their Own
After a daylong meeting on Thursday, word was passed along that the child of another of our Franchise Owner’s was back in a battle with cancer. Alex and Anne Abbott’s, Franchise Owners of Richmond Area, Virginia, son, Cooper has been fighting cancer since he was 2 years old. Here in her own words is Anne’s explanation of Cooper’s fight:
“His first battle with cancer was in 2011 when he was only 2. He was in remission until he was almost 6. He had just started kindergarten when he developed a brain tumor. He breezed through chemo and radiation both times and was in remission until last October, one week after his 8th birthday, when he was diagnosed with treatment induced leukemia. This diagnosis has been so tough. He spent 35 days on a ventilator recovering from heart failure and kidney injury. He fought his way back from all of that and went on to complete 2 rounds of super intense chemo and in April was within a breath of our ultimate goal, bone marrow transplant, when it was discovered he had relapsed.
We have continued our fight with chemo but the setbacks endure. More recently, a spinal tap caused excessive bleeding and resulted in neurological deficit and persistent fevers revealed a fungal infection in his lungs. He’s fighting all this and his leukemia persists. We’re not giving up…ever. We’re still challenging his disease with chemo and hoping to get him to transplant soon. Alex is completely dedicated to Cooper spending (sleepless) nights in the hospital with Cooper and spraying lawns all day in our 100-degree heat. I have no idea how he does it.”
In one evening, Spring-Green Franchise Owners and other attendees of the conference joined together to raise $8,500 to help offset the cost of Cooper’s medical bills. Cooper has a Go Fund Me page where others can help donate to help this brave little boy by helping to find a “Cure For Cooper” https://www.gofundme.com/cureforcooper.
Spring-Green Lawn Care is more than just a lawn care company or a franchise organization, it is a community of business owners willing to help not only worthwhile organizations but also caring for one of their own. I am proud to work at Spring-Green for the last 20 years.