CUMBERLAND — The second annual fundraiser for Special Love, a nonprofit providing support to children with cancer and their families, will be hosted by 1812 Brewery, 13006 Mason Road, on July 12 at 5 p.m
The event, which is open to the public, will feature music by Surrender Dorothy as well as a silent auction. The entrance fee is $5 with the money designated for Special Love. The brewery has set a goal to cover the cost of sending at least one local child to each of the two Special Love camps next summer. Twenty to 30 children in the region are diagnosed with cancer annually.
“Cancer has no boundaries,” said 1812 owner Cory McCagh. “Members of my family have been involved as volunteers to Special Love and we have all been touched by what this organization accomplishes, both for the child with cancer and for that child’s family. We are honored to be able to support its efforts. Once again our community has stepped up and we have some pretty great auction items, including four tickets to the Orioles vs. New York Yankees game, four Steeler Football tickets, a whitewater rafting trip, original watercolor paintings by local artists, local restaurant gift certificates, themed baskets and more.”
For more than three decades, Special Love has helped children with cancer to “just be kids,” through camps and adventure programs, emergency financial assistance, educational scholarships and most importantly, with a community of support that assures these struggling families that they’re not alone in the battle.
Camp Fantastic is designed for kids with cancer to have a week where they are just kids. The week is filled with swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, marshmallow roasting, campfire singing and allowing children with cancer to enjoy a traditional camp. For these kids, the experience is liberating.
BRASS (Brothers and SiSters) Camp is designed for siblings of children with cancer. These children often feel guilty, invisible or ignored. As brothers and sisters experience the same emotional upheaval as parents, they may have less capacity to cope. Camp Brass becomes an important outlet as siblings adjust to a new family routine. To learn more about Special Love, visit www.specialove.org.
Along with music from Surrender Dorothy and the silent auction, MOBQ Barbeque food truck will be on hand. The event is family friendly.
For more information, visit www.1812brewery or call 301-338-2490.