Small Town Fights Cancer With 'Collin Cares'

Small Town Fights Cancer With 'Collin Cares'

Defy the hand you're dealt
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If you're reading this it's because I shared it on my page or maybe you are several shares through the process, but please don't stop sharing.

Collin Cares is a foundation. A foundation to whom those in a small town called Medina hold very dear, and the person who started it they hold even dearer.

His name was Collin Kiousis. I didn't know much about him outside of being the class goofball in high school. He was always full of life and he fought for that until the very end. Although it pains me and so many others to have lost someone who was a part of our community, it brings me a bit of peace that he is no longer hurting. He may be gone, but his legacy and his foundation live on.

Collin was diagnosed with cancer in high school (2014) and recently lost the battle, but this isn't a sad article about how a boy I went to high school with died but about how he lived. Shortly after being diagnosed he started a foundation.The foundation is called 'Collin Cares Cure Cancer'. The foundation raises awareness about cancer and helps those in need.

One boy, well, one man created something so big in our little town. Collin Cares has had countless fundraisers and sold merchandise. All proceeds go to the foundation he built.

He was taken too soon and he will live on in the hearts of those he has touched and definitely Medina, the small town he left behind. There are many things he didn't get to do, but he was loved by many.

If you're interested in helping with the family or Collin Cares Foundation, please feel free to make a donation or any words you'd like to share.

Rest easy Collin, you truly showed me and our town what it's like to defy the hand you are dealt.


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I'm The Girl With The 'Cool Mom'

"I'm a cool mom, not a regular mom!" - my Mom
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"I would like a cheeseburger, with a side of cheeseburger, and see if they can make me a cheeseburger smoothie." - Lorelai Gilmore (a notoriously cool mom)

A cool mom really just isn't a regular mom and if you have one you'll feel me on this.

A cool mom really is just like having a real life Kris Jenner, shes a mom but also an awesome bestie at the same time! (If you aren't into the Kardashians it's basically like an episode of Gillmore Girls.)

Growing up with a cool mom means all of your friends love your mom almost as much or even more then they love you. You get used to it.

My cool mom is the perfect balance of what every other mom does and says, but she's also the greatest friend I could ever ask for.

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You can tell her everything and receive the best advice, the type of advice a friend your age just can't give.

Get yourself a mom who will whip and nae nae in the car with you.

A cool mom is someone who digs our generation's music and even sings and dances with you whenever you are together.

Oh, and my cool mom, yeah I'm definitely never embarrassed to be out in public with her, she's just that cool.

Having a cool mom who just so happens to also be beautiful just makes her even cooler.

We share makeup and clothes and shop just like friends do, but no one will give you a more honest opinion than a cool mom does.

If you have a cool mom you know all your friends are on a first name basis, 'Mrs. so and so' just doest fly around a cool mom.

Cool moms make the best DD's.

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A cool mom will always be there for you no matter what time the party ends, she'll always be there to pick your drunk self up, even if its 3am.

She'll ask you things like "so how were the boy's anyone cute?"

Don't even get her started on girl drama.

Once someone crosses you and you've told your mom about it that person will forever be on a cool moms sh*t list.

If you get really lucky your cool mom might even go out with you and your friends. Not only will she be the 'MILF' in the room but she will be the best wing woman around.

There is truly nothing better than having a cool mom, because she just gets it.


P.S. Hey Mom I know you're reading this so thanks for being cool.

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I've Been Skeptical About The Holidays For A Couple Years, But I'm Ready For Them This Year

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The holidays have finally reached us, and I think I speak for many of us when I say that we are excited to be able to breathe from school and spend time with our loved ones -- and to eat food, tons of it.

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But for some others, the holidays are a time that reminisces bad moment in their lives. They become a time of sadness and dark pasts. Loved ones have different faces, and homes, where good wishes are shared, have different walls painted a different color.

About four years ago, I left my country and moved to the US -- new traditions and adventures. The holidays weren't easy for my first year. I achingly missed my parents and family from Honduras. The holidays here didn't seem as exciting without all the people I had spent them countless times before.

In Honduras, on Christmas Eve we would always go visit my grandmother from my dad's side for lunch. In the afternoon, I would have dinner with my parents and brother, and then we'd go to church. After that, we would always go to my mom's family to receive midnight and have a sort of party. That was something that I always looked forward to.

The holidays here weren't as adventurous as they were over there. I would stay all day home and wait till food was served and just spend it with my family until we all decided it was time to go to sleep. They seemed pretty dull for the first two years. But now, my boring, asocial ass is fascinated with the simpleness of the holidays.

Sure, here people take the holidays more seriously than we did in Honduras, but I never assimilated. I began seeing the holidays as another day, except that deliciously exquisite food was going to be served that day. It was not like my mom's food nor like my grandmother's. Everything was different, and this difference weighed heavily on me.

Fast-forward to the present day, and I'm still kind of skeptical about the holidays. I don't get the spirit anymore, and till today, it still hasn't hit me. The only thing that I can think of is that the year is soon going to be over.

The one thing I am excited for is being able to celebrate the holidays with the new family I've been slowly building. My partner is accepted and loved by my relatives, and they invited him over to spend Christmas with us. One of my new best friends was also invited. Being able to spend this time with them kinda shines a glimmer on the idea that I have of the holidays.

This new fresh addition to my life have given me many blissful pleasures this 2018, and I know that with them, I'll probably begin to cherish the holidays a little bit more.

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