Durham, NC, December 09, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- When ActionCOACH the world’s leader in business and executive coaching, launched its first-ever global pro bono business coaching campaign to extend a helping hand to the not-for-profit and charitable sectors of the economy, Business Coach Sheri Winesett enlisted the Landon Bucher Leukemia Trust into the program.
“Last July, my nephew, Landon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His parents began a Trust to help raise money so they could cover the costs associated with his treatment,” Winesett said. “I am passionate about helping children who are not well and this trust has the potential of helping other children fighting this fatal disease.”
Thanks to successful fundraising events, Landon is scheduled to receive a bone marrow/ stem cell transplant Tuesday, December 8th, at Duke University Hospital.
“Landon will be spending Christmas, New Year Eve, his Birthday (January 3rd) and possibly Easter in the Hospital,” Landon’s father Jim Bucher said.
Winesett organized a very successful fundraiser recently, at the Chantilly National Golf Club, to raise money for the trust.
“Other important fundraising events held recently were the Landon Bucher Carnival in Virginia Beach, which was organized with the help of their Church and local businesses in the Kempsville community, and also a silent auction organized by a local business, (a children’s gym Landon used to attend), to support our cause,” Bucher said.
Landon’s parents have had a painful journey trying to help their son cope with this disease at the tender age of five.
“Landon has had to miss Kindergarten, and it is tough to see him sick and depressed. This has put a strain on my wife and I and has also tested the strength of our relationship,” Bucher said. “Trying to cope with this and still go to work and perform my job duties, staying at the hospital every other night (we take turns), finding somewhere for our three-year old to be during the times we are unavailable and dealing with this tragedy in general has been extremely painful for us.”
Bucher’s long-term vision is to start a non-profit to help raise money for Children’s Leukemia Awareness and Research.
“We would like to ‘give something back’ by donating much needed items, such as TVs, video games, books and crafts to the Oncology and Blood Disorder Clinic at Norfolk Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughters (CHKD), where many children spend hours each week, as they undergo Chemotherapy” he said. “Having gone through the pain ourselves, we would also like to help other families facing such challenges so they can better deal with it. We were largely unprepared, and would like to help educate others on what to expect mentally, physically and spiritually.”
Bucher also wishes to support other non-profits in his region.
“We would like to work closely with the Roc Solid Foundation, which was formed by a cancer survivor, who battled Leukemia at CHKD in his childhood years,” he said. “They volunteer to build playground sets at the homes of children whose lives have been affected by Cancer.”
Bucher applauds the Coaching for a Cause initiative.
“I think it is a great idea, especially at a time when our economy has forced many businesses, and organizations, to cut back on ‘charity’ related programs,” he said. “Sheri has been of great help and value in educating me as to the many possible ways to organize fundraising and awareness events.”
Winesett supports Bucher’s vision.
“We are organizing three more fundraisers sponsored by local friends and business establishments and establishing a website for them to raise money for other families as well,” she said.
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