Toys for Pizza!

Addison, TX — This year’s Toys for Pizza Luncheon was a great example of the charitable work we do at Systemware and another opportunity for our employees to support an organization working to help young people dealing with sarcoma cancers.

Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer, took the life of young Anna Lee Basso in 2011. From that ordeal grew the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation, which works to help find ways to defeat the disease and help those affected by it. Among its projects is Anna’s Closet, which provides small gifts and prizes to teens battling cancer at hospitals including Children’s Medical Center, where Anna was treated.

This year the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation sponsored a visit to Dallas by Landon Cooper, who lost a friend to a sarcoma cancer. The ultra-runner earlier this year raised about $100,000 for the Sarcoma Foundation of America by leading an amazing run across the country, during which he visited children’s hospitals, doctors, cancer patients and survivors.

The feat, which is detailed at miles2give.org, took the three-man team 157 days. It began in Ocean Beach, California, on February 14 and arrived in Ocean City, Maryland, on July 20. The charity hopes to continue its work by making annual runs across and around various nations.

In his Dallas visit, Cooper shared his journey, his passion and his commitment during our lunch and at an evening reception sponsored by 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation. That sponsorship was the latest in a series of activities undertaken this year by the foundation. They include:

  • The Float On Annual Dinner in May, which drew some 160 people and funded a dozen college scholarships for Ewing’s sarcoma survivors.
  • A golf tournament held September 30 at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, which was preceded the evening before by a special dinner and auction.
  • A Kendra Gives Back Party, a November 14 shopping event in which 20 percent of the sales were donated by Kendra Scott’s Plano store.

To learn more about the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation and how to help, visit www.1million4anna.org.