Toby Keith Foundation urges OC students to fight childhood cancer Visit is part of Help Build Hope With Purpose campaign at OC

Mar 15, 2018

Toby Keith Foundation encouraged Oklahomans to help build hope for children fighting cancer March 13 at Oklahoma Christian University

EDMOND, Okla. — A group of OC students hosted the Toby Keith Foundation and called Oklahomans to join the fight against childhood cancer. The free talk March 13 was open to the public in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. The students are working with the national nonprofit With Purpose to highlight the need to take action now. For example, the FDA has approved only four drugs for childhood cancer since 1980. 

TKF Development Associate Lauren Polchinski talked to about 500 students and showed an inspirational video highlighting the important work of the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. Afterward, students were invited to the OC student center to learn more about how to join the fight against childhood cancer.

The TKF operates the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City for children fighting cancer. Polchinski’s talk is part of a campaign by OC students and national nonprofit With Purpose calling for advances in treatments for children fighting cancer. To learn more, visit www.withpurpose.org and www.helpbuildhopewp.org. Eagle PR students at OC also encouraged individuals to donate to With Purpose at www.helpbuildhopewp.com/lincolnlogs. Donors are encouraged to use the hashtag #helpbuildhope when making a donation.

Eagle PR Director Mandolin Skipworth believes the speaker will be crucial in finishing out the month-long campaign.

“As we come to a close on our campaign, I think Lauren’s talk will be motivational,” Skipworth said. “Since childhood cancer is such a serious topic, we wanted to get people more engaged in an optimistic way.”

Students from Eagle PR have been working to support efforts for childhood cancer patients getting better medical treatments. For the past few weeks, the students have set out tables for writing encouraging cards, as well as visiting OU Children’s Hospital and Bethany Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital to deliver the cards and gift bags provided by the Hair Fairy Fighters Club. Students collected encouragement cards for children from OC, Putnam City North High School and Oklahoma Christian Academy.

Polchinski was excited to partner with the OC campaign and seize the opportunity to speak to OC students about childhood cancer.

“Working for the Toby Keith Foundation, it is so humbling that we can help advocate for better treatment options for childhood cancer victims,” Polchinski said. “Most importantly, the greater the efforts and advances made toward fighting childhood cancer, the more impactful it will be on state legislators and Congressmen to finally make a change.”

About With Purpose

With Purpose is a youth- and community-led movement dedicated to ensuring kids with cancer have access to safe and effective treatment options. The group believes kids with cancer should have hope for a bright future. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. For more information, visit www.with-purpose.org.