On May 4, 2019 Blue Signal had the privilege of sponsoring the event, “Abby's Big Day Out” during Brain Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, more than 23,000 people are diagnosed with brain cancer and other nervous system cancers each year. Some of these diagnoses are for DIPG, a type of tumor that starts in the brain stem - usually in children aged 5 to 10 years old.
A cause rather close to the Blue Signal family is the charitable organization, “Another Day with Abby.” On September 19th, 2016 Abigail was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare, inoperable, brain tumor that only affects 300 children in the U.S. every year. After a courageous battle with cancer that lasted 9 months, Abigail passed away on June 15th, 2017 at eight years old.
Her family describes her as a “smart, sweet and funny individual. She wore her heart on her sleeve and committed herself fully to everything that she did. She was so many things to so many people; she was a girl scout, a burgeoning artist, a pint-sized humanitarian, a self-taught swimmer, a comedian, a musician (thanks to her cherry red Fender Stratocaster) a voracious reader and lover of books, a daughter, a granddaughter, a cousin and a sister. She loved everything and everyone she met, she was a genuinely kind and trusting person who wanted to be a musician one day and a painter the next.”
“Another Day with Abby” was created in her honor to help raise money for the families of children who have been recently diagnosed with the disease to make sure they can cover the financial burden that something like this places on a family.
Their first event “Abby’s Big Day Out,” was a picnic-style event that had fun field games, kickball, and BBQ. With over 150 attendees, the event raised over $4,000 for the family of Peyton, a 5 year old from Michigan who was diagnosed with DIPG in February.
Blue Signal was proud to be a presenting sponsor for the event. Community involvement has always been paramount to our office culture, and we are humbled to be able to turn this initiative into something that can help other families, because as Abigail taught the world, every day is worth fighting for. If you are interested in learning more, please follow the links above or go to https://www.anotherdaywithabby.com/#donate to donate.