My wife, Luanne, and I are fortunate to have three healthy boys—Trey, Shane, and Josh—who have each grown into fine young men. Other than the standard scrapes and bruises (and the discomfort that accompanied braces in their teenage years) they have each been healthy and strong as they advanced from infancy to manhood. However, as a special education teacher (me) and a pediatric nurse (Luanne), we are keenly aware that we have indeed been blessed. In both our daily lives we are confronted with children who are not nearly as fortunate—children who are abandoned, abused, misunderstood, critically ill, and maybe worst of all, without hope. It seems that on a regular basis, one of us comes home with a heart wrenching story that on most occasions brings us to tears and reminds us how fortunate we truly are.
Given our daily involvement with children—the most vulnerable segment of our population—we have pledged to do what we can, in some small way, to improve the lives of infants through adolescents by providing financial support to organizations that we believe touch children in a way that reaches across socioeconomics, race, religion, geographic location, gender, and age.
Most people are unaware that only 4% of all the money that is raised and donated to cancer research annually is earmarked for pediatric cancer. On average 43 children and adolescents are diagnosed with some form of cancer every day in the United States with that number rising to more than 250,000 children worldwide every year. It is the number one disease killer of all children and more children die from cancer than pediatric AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Because of research, the cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group. As children are our leading hope for a better world it seems that more should be done—and could be done—to end this terrible disease.
With this in mind, we have developed two new products that will be available in the third quarter of 2017 to benefit the research funded by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.
“Aren” (pronounced like RN) is our newest edition to the Teacher’s Pet line up. Similar to our original orange Teacher’s Pet, Aren is made from a proprietary microfiber blend that was designed to clean a whiteboard better than any other whiteboard eraser or cleaner on the planet. Whiteboards from coast to coast in schools, hospitals, and offices will not only be cleaner, but in addition, their purchase will contribute to defeating childhood cancer. As seen in the graphic, it’s a bright yellow/gold—the same color as the ribbon associated with pediatric cancer research—and yes, that’s a stethoscope around its neck...paying homage to the tireless work of doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers who care for and fight for our kids on a daily and hourly basis.
When thinking of ways in which we could benefit the PCRF the greatest, we knew that we needed to do something that would: 1) have great appeal and 2) maintain the same sense of fun and functionality that has made the original Teacher’s Pet so successful. After receiving input from teachers around the country (and even from a few of teachers in Australia), we happened upon an idea that seemed to meet our objectives: Teacher’s Pet KIDZ.
Teacher's Pet KIDZ
Teacher’s Pet KIDZ is made from the same proprietary microfiber blend as the original Teacher’s Pet and is identical with a couple of significant exceptions. First—and as the name implies—they are sized for kids. Yes, now every student in class will have their own “#1 Personal Whiteboard Eraser on the Planet” at their desk! I’m sorry, but did you say, “puppet show”? The other big difference is that the KIDZ are antibacterial (our KIDZ, not your kids) and will remain so washing after washing after washing.
As you can see from the graphics, our new Teacher’s Pet and Teacher’s Pet KIDZ scream FUN and ENGAGEMENT and if you listen real closely you can hear them whisper, “We care”. By donating 15% of our sales from these two products, your purchase for your classroom, your hospital, and your office will directly help the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to give every child a cancer free future.