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2016 Blesie Tree Auction

Paying It Forward – 2016 Blesie Tree Walk

Our 2016 walk took place on September 10th at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Families and friends came together on a beautiful day to contribute to our mission of perpetual giving. Pictures from the event appear at the bottom of this post.

The Blesie FamilyBlesie Birthdays

Amy Blesie, who was the inspiration for the Blesie Tree, participated with family and friends. Amy and her sons, Ethan and Carson, continue to model the spirit of paying it forward to others. We surprised the boys with a cake to celebrate their September birthdays, as pictured here – our small way of paying it forward to them!

Food and Fun

As always, we enjoyed fresh food and breakfast beverages. Z102.9 kicked off the walk and helped us keep the beat. Many people participated in our silent auction and our special prize drawings, which included:

  • First prize:
    • “Night on the Town” package containing four front row tickets to the Holiday Spectacular at the Paramount Theatre
    • $150 gift certificate to Cobble Hill Restaurant
    • $100 Visa gift card
  • Second prize:
    • $250 gift certificate to the New Pioneer Co-op
  • Third prize:
    • Fitbit Charge activity tracker ($100 value)

Thanks to all who contributed items for the auction and prize drawing. Your support makes all of this possible.

Patients Who Inspire Us

At the walk, we talked with a number of people who are current or former patients of The Ghosh Center. We’ll be sharing their stories of hope and perseverance in the next few weeks. Check back soon to hear from Galen, Dorris and Kathy.

The Blesie Tree Foundation

The Blesie Tree Foundation was formed to pay kindness forward to cancer patients. Every year, the Foundation provides support for everyday needs, such as groceries and utility bills, and meaningful extras, such as gift certificates for a massage.

If you would like to contribute to the Blesie Tree, please contact us. We invite you to participate in future walks and help support this great cause!

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