When a local family lost their toddler to cancer, they turned their tragedy into something beautiful by founding a charity called Chandler’s Tree Farm that has brightened Christmas for childhood cancer patients in Texas Children’s Hospital since 1999. Unfortunately, this year, the tradition is in danger due to lack of funding caused by circumstances beyond their control. A local business pledged a sum of money and even made arrangements to present the check at an event. The family was thrilled, believing they were so blessed that their funding would be covered for three Christmas seasons. They decided to cancel their planned fundraising for this year so the money people would have donated would go to charities that still needed it.
Unfortunately, just before they were supposed to receive the check, the business owner contacted them and said he was canceling his scheduled event and would not be writing them a check. That’s when panic set in, because the family realized their own annual Christmas event may not happen this year, and there are children and families who won’t have that bright spot in the worst time of their lives, allowing them to forget where they are, if only for a little while.
A fundraiser is planned for tomorrow, Saturday November 7, in a last minute effort to get things back on track. The fundraiser will be held at The Back Porch on the Lake located at 15659 Marina Dr. in Montgomery.
Leukemia took Chandler McBride before he reached his third birthday, and he spent most of his short life at Texas Children’s Hospital. During that time, his family became all too familiar with the difficulties of having a child in the hospital battling cancer. Chandler’s grandmother first had the idea to donate Christmas trees to all the children in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in 1998, when Chandler was still alive. He participated in the deliveries and rode in a little red wagon, accompanying Santa Claus as he made his rounds, delivering ornaments and presents collected for all of the patients. He also participated in 1999. On the last day of that month, little Chandler lost his battle.
Chandler’s family decided to keep his memory alive by continuing to make special Christmas memories for other families. The families who have commented and given testimonials on the charity’s website and Facebook page about their experience with the annual event, and their gratitude for Chandler’s Tree Farm, have shown just how important the event has been to those who have been a part of it.
With less than one month until the scheduled event, Chandler’s Tree Farm still needs funding to make it happen.
Here are some of the items ready for tomorrow’s auction:
•$50 gift certificate for 4 Hip Chicks Boutique
•$50 gift certificate for Bliss Boutique
•$135 tanning package and $30 tanning products from Sunkissed
•$100 gift certificate, cross necklace and a private shopping party at Wear Us Out Boutique
•$150 gift certificate for Ana Quinney at VIP Salon and Spa
•$200 gift certificate for Tony’s Seafood Shack
• Golf for 4 at Westfork
• Gift certificate for one pair custom made flip flops from Flip Flop Bling
• 2 night stay on a houseboat from Waterpoint Marina, $300 products from Planet Beach, $50 Fajita Jacks, $25 Starbucks, $27 Malibu Nails
• Rustic wine rack
• Painted burlap Santa door hanger
• Texans tickets/gifts basket
• Weekend stay in private home on the river in Gruene/gift basket
• Yeti backyard party package
• Gift basket from Cha Chas and Salon Kendall
• 2 autographed books from Marcus Luttrell
• 2 Pairs of Costa Sunglasses
• Wine tasting for 8 from Cork This Winery
• Dosey Doe Dinner/Show for 2 to David Benoit featuring Jane Monheit
• $50 Cozy Grape gift card
• 2-$50 Pizza Shack gift cards
• Pair of Gypsy Rose Cowgirl Boots
• $100 gift certificate for Summer Sanderford at Gypsy Hair Studio
• Dinner for 2 on the Southern Empress
• Axis Deer Hunt
• B12 Vitamin Injections Package $65 value – B Wellness Solutions
• 2 day fishing trip in Port O’Connor
• Gift Basket of Artisan Handmade Soaps by After the Rayne
° gift basket and gift cards for Tony’s Italian Delicatessen
° Texas flag pallet art decor
° gift basket from Cavendars
….and even more items!!!!!
We encourage you to go to the website and read their story, and then like and share their page on Facebook.
Please attend the auction fundraiser on Saturday if possible. Those who wish to donate directly can do so through their website at http://www.chandlers-treefarm.org/