Muddy’s Buddies has been helping children who have been touched by cancer and other chronic illnesses in Rochester for nearly 4 years now. And as we enter another Spring season, I can’t help to think about how much Muddy’s Buddies continues to grow and evolve. It amazes me to think about how the community has reached out and helped us become what we are today. Thanks to such wonderful and overwhelming community support, we have succeeded in becoming what our motto promises, we increased our numbers and we have become stronger. And, more importantly, we have made others stronger as well.
And the numbers continue to grow. We are stretched across 4 different counties in Western New York. We are connected with 10 different school districts, one college, and one professional sports team. We are 17 different teams, 11 different sports, 1 dance group and 1 amazing jazz band. We have made 17th buddy connections and anticipate that a couple more connections will commence in the coming days.
We have connected with more than a dozen families, we have reached hundreds of athletes, dozens of musicians, dozens of dancers, and a thousands of fans. But there remains plenty of work to do. We show no signs of slowing and the support we continue to receive from the community shows no signs of slowing either. We raised nearly $12,000 in 2012 and anticipate that we will surpass that number this year. We also anticipate more opportunities to support families in need in greater ways and with greater frequency. We are grateful for the support and we remain committed to improving the lives of children and their families whose lives have been impacted by difficult medical conditions. We are “Building Strength in Numbers.”