Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s Gold Ribbon Campaign honors locals

Summaer Cole encouraged the police department to be a community “hub” for donations of Easter baskets and toys.

This year, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) will be honoring The Lilley Family and Summaer Cole and Susie Perry from Ventura. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the annual in-person Gold Ribbon Campaign Luncheon has been cancelled. This year, the Campaign is solely focused on raising funds and awareness for the organization and the families they serve.

COVID-19 is creating even greater challenges for local families battling childhood cancer. Community support has made it possible for TBCF to provide additional financial assistance to 31 local families who have been severely affected by the pandemic. TBCF is proud of this year’s honorees for their esteemed efforts in helping children facing cancer both before and during COVID-19.

The Lilley Family will be receiving the Pay-it-Forward Award. After their son, Brad Jr. beat cancer, they wanted to give back to children who continue to fight their battle.

Summaer Cole and Susie Perry will receive the Helping Hands Award because of the countless hours they have spent directly helping TBCF families in Ventura County. These extraordinary women have delivered food to TBCF families, provided holiday gifts for TBCF kids, and this year delivered mother and father day baskets to local families who have been during quarantine. With their combined efforts, they have collected literally carloads of Thanksgiving food and Christmas toys from the community and have helped deliver these items to Ventura County Family homes.

Summaer Cole, with the help of her husband who works for Ventura Police Department, encouraged the police department to be a community “hub” for donations of Easter baskets and toys last year. The Ventura Police Department delivered 140 Easter baskets. Additionally, she set-up Ventura Fire Department deliveries of Easter baskets to family homes.

Susie Perry has courageously battled cancer on and off since she began volunteering with TBCF. Still, whether in treatment or not, she has worked with Summaer to deliver gifts to Ventura County families.

TBCF advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support. For more information and to donate https://bit.ly/31I8Gkm


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