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Once again I am rallying my family and friends across the globe for my team, Maria’s Clan Spread Smiles, for our 5th AuroraWALKS, Saturday, April 15th, benefitting Aurora Day Camp, Georgia’s only full summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 3 1⁄2 – 16. I have been the Development Director for Aurora for four years and I am very blessed to work with this great team and powerful mission. We provide a magical camp and year-round and in-hospital programs, ALL COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!

I have always felt so lucky in my life. My luck rather ran out when I was diagnosed with cancer again, in March 2020, and the Aurora team supported me through two years of reoccurrences, surgeries, cancer treatments and grueling side effects. I have been cancer free for 20 months, YEAH and my oldest daughter Cara, and her wonderful husband Ben, had a son and our first grandchild, Grant Neal Sharenko, last October. Grant is 6 months old, so sweet and happy and the joy of our lives, he is featured on the banner on my page. We are so blessed!

I was the TOP walker last year and the top team in the previous two virtual walks during Covid, raising $20,000 plus each year! This year my personal goal is $10,000 - will you help me reach my goal? You can either donate to my page or join our team as a walker on the buttons on this page.

Our 6th Aurora summer camp will open in June with a record number of 200 plus campers. Aurora is not about cancer – it’s about fun. Children fighting cancer and siblings laughing every day, a priceless gift to any family, is what we do at Aurora. Approximately 57% of our campers are under age 10, and 37% are younger than 8. There are no other programs like these in Atlanta. Help me give these little fighters a precious opportunity to be normal kids and have fun!

Your support and friendship will help us reach our $225,000 Walk goal to support these life-changing programs for children and families who need us.

$6,000 is the cost to send one child to camp. Please just take five minutes to watch our powerful video, that I produced, on our impact on so many families who need us!


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