Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation's BIG Little Heroes Event
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s (TBCF) annual Little Heroes event looks somewhat different this year. Their annual breakfast event is one of TBCF’s signature fundraisers affectionately named for the “little heroes” they support facing childhood cancer.
This year the event will be held virtually and take place in the evening. Due to the pandemic and subsequent healthcare crisis, TBCF felt compelled to honor the tri-counties’ local healthcare system, Cottage Health. Thus, the adjustment in the event name: BIG Little Heroes. The majority of the Santa Barbara families served by TBCF are diagnosed and treated by one or more of the Cottage Health programs, often beginning in the Emergency room, followed by hospital stays and treatment at the children’s clinic.
Leading the virtual program will be Brian Phelps known by most Los Angelinos from his 25 years hosting the Mark & Brian Morning Show on 95.5 KLOS. His radio show was syndicated in 21 markets in the US and in 2020 he and his radio partner Mark Thompson were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Jake Olson, USC football player and pediatric cancer survivor. Olson became the first completely blind football player in college football history when he successfully long snapped a PAT for the USC Trojans against Western Michigan on September 2nd, 2017. Jake's story of overcoming retinoblastoma and going blind at the age of 12 has served as an inspiration to many people across the world.
Recently, a number of children TBCF serves have experienced similar outcomes with retinoblastoma, and for that reason Olson was chosen to present for this event. “I can’t wait for our kids to hear his presentation,” shared Gisselle Madrigal, TBCF’s Family Resource Manager, “His message of resiliency is so powerful. I hope they are as inspired by his message as I am.”
Please join us for this inspiring event benefitting TBCF's programs and services. This event is free and registration is required at https://www.teddybearcancerfoundation.org/events.