The fight against childhood cancer is never ending and that’s why the founders of Hayden’s Hope Foundation are encouraging everyone to wear their pajamas tomorrow.
Mount Forest native Lindsay Foulon is the co-founder of Hayden’s Hope Foundation, named after her daughter, Hayden, who battled cancer for 6 years, and then left the world at the age of 7-years-old last October.
Foulon says tomorrow is Hayden’s first ‘Angelversary’ which has been dubbed ‘Jammie Day’ because Hayden was often in her pajamas battling the disease.
“Hayden was the happiest and comfiest in her pajamas and I feel like the kids who go through these treatments actually spend a lot of time in their pajamas, to be honest,” Foulon said.
Foulon says her sister, Jodi Rawn, is the other founder of Hayden’s Hope Foundation and explains the three main goals the two are trying to achieve.
“Mental health support for parents who are supporting their child while going through cancer treatments, we want to also help families financially when they have to go to remote hospitals […], and we also want to help the never-ending need for childhood cancer research funding.”
Foulon says ‘Jammie Day’ is an effort to increase awareness and also because only 4 per cent of cancer funding is directed towards treating childhood cancer.
“We just want to support, we know there’s a lot of good organizations out there that are trying to do the exact same thing that we’re doing, […] but it’s never going to be enough because of the lack of funding. So, we just want to kind of give more of an effort as well on our part and we want to give back, and hopefully one day find a cure,” she said.
In honour of Hayden, Foulon and Rawn are encouraging people all across Southwestern Ontario to wear their pajamas to raise awareness for childhood cancer.
All money raised will go towards families who have children that are fighting against cancer.
You can learn more and donate on their website at Hayden’sHopeFoundation.com