by Alana J. Mauger
Montco Radio, Montgomery County Community College’s student-run Internet radio station, is collecting items in support of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation’s “Backpack Buddies” program.
For Pete’s Sake is a non-profit organization, based in Plymouth Meeting, that enables qualifying adult cancer patients, their caregivers and loved ones to “take a break from cancer” by granting them a one-week, expenses-paid vacation.
Started by children Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Backpack Buddies provides children with comfort items and spending money as they travel with an ill parent. Suggested items include coloring books, crayons, decks of cards, books, magazines, Mad Libs, gum, lifesavers, pens, pencils, erasers and toiletry items. Backpacks are provided by For Pete’s Sake and are distributed to young travelers based on the age-appropriateness of the contents.
Montco Radio will be collecting items during Music Wednesday performances, which are held every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. through May 1 in the Advanced Technology Center Atrium at the Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Donations will also be accepted in the Tech Services Office in room 137 of the Advanced Technology Center.
Individuals who donate items will be entered into a raffle drawing for a brand new Ashland Crafter electric/acoustic guitar, generously donated by Clemmer Music, of Telford. The drawing will take place during the Communicating Arts Production Group (CAPG) end-of-semester screening on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the College’s Science Center Theater.
To learn more about For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, visit www.takeabreakfromcancer.org.