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Stories from our Journals: Building Hope for Kids Fighting Cancer

Staff member, Kelly Durick, writes down the ways she will build hope for kids fighting cancer.

Have you ever kept a journal? You know, one that you write down all your thoughts, hopes, dreams, ideas and stories you don’t want to forget. Every employee at Roc Solid Foundation keeps a journal, and inside, we each have a “why” photo – a picture of a child we have impacted, or who has impacted us, along the way. Why, you ask? Because every time we open it, we see that kiddo’s face; it’s a constant reminder that every time you write a goal, idea or plan in your journal, it’s for the benefit of kids just like that one in your photo.

You really all keep journals?

Yes! Take our founder and Chief Play Officer, Eric Newman, for example. In his journal he has a photo of little Reese from Texas. Reese is 6 years old, fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We got to meet her and her family in 2022 during our Play Defeats Cancer Tour presented by Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. Her photo stays in Eric’s journal as a reminder that dreams (like the Play Defeats Cancer Tour) can come true. And by dreaming big, we are doing something bigger than ourselves. Many of our big ideas start in the pages of our journals, but no decisions are made without keeping our Roc Solid kiddos and families top of mind. 

So, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Journal.

This Journal right here! Online for the world to see. We will share stories of families we’ve loved and served, members of our community who are helping us push the mission forward and resources for folks who want to learn how they can make an impact on kids fighting cancer. We’ll be posting stories regularly, so be sure to check back frequently, or subscribe to our emails at the bottom of the page. We will notify you when a new journal entry is published.