Pasadena siblings do their part to help 11-month-old in need of a bone marrow transplant
© Jamie Bennett
Joseph and Julie Pittman show off some of the goodies on sale during their Twins Helping Twins fudraiser on Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 in Pasadena. More than $4,700 was raised from the charity bake sale and will be donated to the family of an 11-month-old Pasadena boy in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Joseph and Julie Pittman have proven the spirit of generosity isn’t bound by age.
The six-year-old twins from Pasadena set up shop Saturday at Pasadena Irving to sell lemonade and baked goods in order to raise money for a sick child they’ve never met.
The fundraiser was dubbed Twins Helping Twins since the 11-month-old boy, who’s first name is Connor, is also a twin.
Formerly of Pasadena, Connor was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID’s) in May and has since been at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
A potential donor has been identified and the fundraiser will help with expenses as Connor and his parents prepare to travel to Toronto Sick Kids Hospital for what is expected to be a 12-18-month recovery.
Joseph and Julie, who will soon start Grade One at Pasadena Elementary, wore T-shirts with Connor’s picture on them Saturday and were eager to hand out lemonade, cookies and cupcakes to their customers.
Standing back and watching her happy, healthy children do their part to help, their mother Susan Pittman beamed with pride.
“They wanted to help and that makes me very proud of them,” she said. "They’ve done all the work, have made the posters and decorated and they are selling things to the customers. I’m just here to supervise — they’re running the show.”
She said the idea came about after the twins came home from daycare recently with the plan to launch the fundraiser.
The goal then was to raise $1,000 Saturday, a sum Pittman said was surpassed “by far” in the first hour the lemonade stand was open. And by the time the twins shutdown shop, a total of $4,700 was raised for Connor.
Customers were free to give as much as they wished and all items on sale were donated by members of the community.
During a break, Joseph said by his count, he’d sold about 94 cups of thier tasty, yet tart lemonade by early afternoon
“It’s good, but it’s a little bit sour,” Joseph said with a smirk.
Although Susan doesn’t know Connor or his parents, she knows his grandparents and will pass the proceeds on to them.
She said as a mother of twins herself, she can’t help but feel solidary with Connor and his family during his illness.
“It hits very close to home because I know how busy it is,” she said. “I had two healthy twins, so I can only imagine what his parents are going through.”
Pittman said donations can still be dropped off at Pasadena Irving or alternate arrangements can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org