Tyler Robinson Foundation(TRF), the nonprofit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons dedicated to supporting children battling childhood cancer, helped make the season brighter for a number of local families this past weekend.
Kicking off the weekend of holiday cheer, Dream Salon and TRF hosted a holiday giving drive Friday afternoon at Floyd Lamb Park. TRF families, whose children are battling pediatric cancer, were invited in increments to receive gifts from their wish list and enjoy a festive, outdoor celebration. This December, Floyd Lamb Park turned into Fantasy Forest, a winter wonderland where families can enjoy lights and music, visit with Santa Claus, stroll a forest of holiday trees and more.
Sunday afternoon, TRF and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation partnered with AutoNation for their inaugural “Twelve Cars of Christmas” Holiday Parade, delivering toys, gifts, food and essential items donated by the community to families with children who are battling cancer and other serious illnesses.
To make sure Christmas cheer was the only thing spread this year, all events implemented social distancing protocols, as well as required masks and/or face shields for photo opportunities.
While the holidays are a time to celebrate with loved ones, the uncertainty of this holiday season adds an additional burden for pediatric cancer families already experiencing a significant strain.
In addition to managing mounting medical bills as they keep up with the routine costs of day-to-day living, this year these families not only have to juggle the holiday shopping strain, but also have the additional worry of maintaining proper social distancing measures to keep their immune-compromised children safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the seven years TRF has served the pediatric cancer community, the nonprofit has provided support to more than 1,500 families around the globe and raised more than $10 million. Of every dollar TRF raises, more than 85% goes directly to families in need. For more information or to learn more about TRF, visit TRF.org and follow TRF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.