The purpose of This Star Won’t Go Out foundation is to financially assist families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. Caring for a seriously ill child creates tremendous stress for the family system, and having to worry about money is both burdensome and distracting. TSWGO’s goal is to carry a bit of that burden for hurting families through financial gifts.
Since its founding in December 2010, TSWGO has given out over $125,000 and helped more than 50 families! All of that money has come directly from YOU: from purchases of TSWGO bracelets; through donations given individually, at LeakyCon, and Project for Awesome; and by fabulous fundraisers planned and implemented by individuals and groups.
These funds are given either directly to the family or via the referring health care agency. TSWGO also funds occasional projects that fit our mission statement, such as sponsoring events for children with cancer, giving financial support to pediatric cancer research, and other related projects.
TSWGO was established in memory of 16-year old Esther Earl, an avid Nerdfighter and passionate Harry Potter fan. Her online friends and causes met many of the social and emotional needs in her life, hampered as she was by her progressing thyroid cancer. Yet Esther lived life fully, getting involved in social justice issues, loving her friends, her family and cats, and always remembering to be awesome.