Samantha Gholar/News-Sun Chrissie Huckins and Taryn Todd paint their way through a row of toilets Saturday. The purple toilets will be used for the ÒFlushing for JadeÓ fundraiser beginning on Aug. 5.
published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Flushing for Jade fundraiser begins Aug. 5
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
AVON PARK -- Danielle Jackson, Missy Sperry, Ashley Rowe, Taryn Todd and Chrissie Huckins were busy painting away Saturday at Sperry's home in Wauchula, but it wasn't a home improvement project.
The group spent their weekend doing an unconventional task for a very good reason.
A fundraiser called "Flushing for Jade" is in the works in Avon Park to help support a local young girl who is currently battling cancer. Flushing for Jade will run Aug. 5-19.
Jade Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Greg and Jackie Jackson, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and suffers from an ependymoma tumor. Following her surgery two weeks ago, Jackson has begun undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
According to Danielle Jackson, the pill form of the treatment makes Jackson sick, but she is pushing through the treatments.
Saturday, the five ladies gathered to paint nine toilets that will be used for the Flushing for Jade fundraiser. The fundraiser is modeled after the American Cancer Society's flamingo and toilet fundraisers, Sperry said.
After speaking to the ACS, Sperry was told the idea can be used for personal fundraisers.
"I called them to see if it was something that the American Cancer Society did exclusively. They said no, so I decided we would do it for Jade," said Sperry.
Toilets were donated and dropped off at Sperry's home and the ladies went straight to work painting the toilets a bright shade of purple.
Red paint was used to write Jade's favorite Bible scriptures onto the front of the toilets that will be used for the fundraiser.
Sperry and the group are excited about how the community of Avon Park has come together to support the Jackson family.
"They have to drive her to the hospital for treatment six or seven times a week," said Sperry. "It's getting expensive for them. This fundraiser will help raise money to support them. We don't have a specific goal set just yet, just as much money as we can raise."
The Flushing fundraiser works simply. Anyone wishing to participate (donate money) calls 245-6877 number and places an order for the toilet to be placed in a person's yard. The person who placed the toilet order pays $10. If the homeowner wants the potty removed from their yard, it will cost $15. It will be $20 to have the toilet removed and placed in the yard of your choice and $30 to buy insurance guaranteeing it does not visit your yard again.
"It's worked really well for the ACS and other fundraisers so we are hoping it works well for us too. I know exactly whose yard I'm putting one in first," Sperry said with a laugh.
All the funds raised will go the Jackson family to help pay travel expenses to and from All Children's Hospital for Jade's treatments.
Donations are also being accepted. Anyone wishing to donate to the Jackson family may mail payments to Missy Jackson Sperry, 509 S. 8th Ave., Wauchula, FL 33873 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks for the "Flushing for Jade" fundraiser should be made payable to the "Jade Jackson Fund."
Order forms for the traveling toilets may be picked up at Top Shop and the Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park or downloaded from the Flushing for Jade Facebook page.
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