Each pillow costs approximately $8 to make and puts a much needed smile on the face of a child in a local area hospital, at a much needed time. We set the GoFundMe goal at 250 pillows ($2,000) but are prayerful we might reach funding for 500 pillows ($4,000). Please read this inspiring story, and help us put as many smiles as you can afford, on the face of a young boy or girl.
Peter Julius Kurncz IV (PK4) was born May 8, 2009. On February 14, 2012, Peter and family were told he had medulloblastoma, a form a brain and spinal cancer.
Peter was at stage four and underwent a twelve-hour brain surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery went well, but the doctors were unable to remove the whole tumor because it was attached to his spinal cord. Peter went through numerous chemo treatments over the next couple of years. In September of 2013 Peter went to MD Anderson Hospital in Houston Texas for nine weeks of proton radiation treatment. The treatment went well and Peter was free of any tumors. But as cancer goes, the beast came back and Peter underwent more chemo treatments.
The spring of 2015 brought new hope as Peter was accepted as the first child to receive a new treatment called Noah’s Protocol. After an MRI, it was found that Peter’s cancer had spread throughout his brain, and he was sent home to do more chemo. A few days into treatment, Peter began having seizures that put him into the PIC unit at Motts Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Peter never fully recovered, and on June 18, 2015 family and friends said their last good-byes to their sweet boy who had touched their lives and so many others.
The Sunshine Project is family members' way of keeping Peter alive in everyone's hearts. Peter would often say “It’s a sunny day!” and that has been their motto throughout his battle and his passing. This campaign is to help raise money for Peter's family to continue to create sunshine pillows in his memory. The sunshine pillows are then delivered with love to the pediatric units of local area hospitals putting countless smiles on the faces of our children, as they fight ailments and conditions that none of our children should have to deal with, including cancer.
“Everything will make sense, so for now laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason”.
Peter was only on this earth for six years, but in those six years he touched so many lives.
May today and every day be a Sunny Day! Please contribute today.
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