Raising Money For Make-A-Wish
We are happy to announce that from July 10th through August 10th all soap sales will benefit Make-A-Wish!
In April of last year, Allison was granted a WISH to visit Europe. She brought along her Grandma, her mom and her sister, Ashley. Together they embarked on a week-long journey that took them first to Paris where they toured the city and visited Claude Monet's Home & Gardens in Giverny. They then road the Eurostar train to London and got to see all the sites, including Big Ben and the London Eye and a special tour of Universal Studios London: The Making of Harry Potter.
So many memories were made and we will never forget the pure joy in Allison's smile as she sat upon Claude Monet's famous painted bridge in his garden and sipped Butterbeer at Universal Studios.
We are thankful and blessed to have gone on this trip with Allison and feel very honored to have been sponsored by our local Make-A-Wish group, "Cuffs and Hoses".
Each summer "Cuffs and Hoses" hosts a softball tournament to raise money for Make-A-Wish. This year it will be held August 17-19th in Farley, Iowa. Information about Cuffs and Hoses and the tournament can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cuffsandhoses/
Please come out and support our local firefighters, police officers and community members and help make another child's WISH come true.
It was always Allison's Wish to give back to those who helped her and our family. She would always say, "When I get better, I am going to give back." This is why we are choosing for the next thirty days to donate our sales from soap to Make-A-Wish.
The Sinno/Cress Family
Allison was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her femur a few short weeks after starting her senior year in high school. At diagnosis, the cancer had already spread to her lungs and lymph nodes. She started chemotherapy and a few months later had her entire left leg amputated. Chemotherapy stopped working and she enrolled in a clinical trial. That trial also failed. Allison passed away two days after graduating high school.
Throughout her battle, Allison remained positive and steadfast. She never let cancer touch her spirit. Her spirit always reflected love, care, grace, faith and creativity. Her spirit resides in our hearts. She was an artist and enjoyed everything Art - it was her lens into the world.
We set up the Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education through the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools in memory of Allison and the love she had for art and her commitment to giving back to a Community that supported her and our family. With tears in her eyes she would always say, "when I get better, I am going to give back!"
All soap sales will benefit the Allison Cress Endowment for Art Education. Donations can also be made directly to the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools by clicking on the button below.