Catonsville mom top fundraiser for Casey Cares 5K for critically ill children – Baltimore Sun
Lynda Newsome-Buck, who resides in Catonsville and mother of a former Casey Cares child, was the primary fundraiser for the Casey Cares Foundation 5K/1 Mile Walk at the Maryland Zoo on August 6. She raised $1,720 for the organization. , which helps seriously ill children and their families.
Buck knows the Casey Cares Foundation because his son, Kevin Buck, benefited from their programs from 2015 until he turned 18 last year.
“Casey Cares did so much for us when Kevin was on the program,” Buck said. “The money we raise to help the programs is for families to have fantastic opportunities that they otherwise might not have had. When you’re in the thick of it when your child is diagnosed, it’s very difficult to keep everything – your job, your education and the number of medical bills.
Buck set her fundraising goal at $1,500, but raised an additional $220 using Facebook, she said.
In 2011 Kevin was diagnosed at the age of seven with a rare condition called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and was accepted into Casey Cares. LCH can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in one or more places in the body.
“My experience has been great from all of the staff being kind and friendly, to events that myself and my family have all enjoyed at no cost,” said Kevin Buck, now 19. “It was always fun and upbeat at the events they hosted or even in the office just talking to the staff.
Kevin and his family participated in more than 50 programs given by Casey Cares, including a trip to the White House and a Baltimore Ravens game, as he completed treatment.
Raising money to become the top fundraiser “was a family business,” Kevin said.
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“I am proud and grateful that she supports the organization that has helped me so much during such a difficult time,” said Kevin Buck. “They’ve done amazing things for me in the past during a tough time in my life, and now that she’s the best fundraiser I know she’s had the biggest impact possible helping others like me. .”
When Kevin and his older sister, Alicia Buck, were young, “they helped us a lot with fundraising. There would be the car wash they were running and their friends were holding banners,” he said.
Lynda Buck thinks she was lucky because they have a lot of family and a big congregation at Catonsville United Methodist Church. They sent him to their church, and their church family was very aware of their son’s journey and helped raise funds, she said.
LCH is unlikely to come out of remission, so Kevin must be checked periodically for the rest of his life, he said. Kevin is a sophomore at Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville.
The Casey Cares Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has helped critically ill children and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 20 years. Even during COVID-19, the organization offered its clients special activities and programs that helped them cope, manage and move forward with their diagnosis. Support is continuous for children from birth to 18 years old.
“They offer so many different things to children and their families who are going through very difficult times,” Kevin Buck said. “They don’t just think of me, the child, going through physical treatment, but they also think of the siblings and the parents because they know it’s hard for them too. The escape so the child can do something is equally enjoyable for everyone else involved.
The nonprofit serves families in eight states and Washington, D.C.