Dennis McCartney believes a cure for childhood cancer will only be realized when local businesses join the battle.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Landhope Farm Market presented a $5,723.46 check that will go to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, an Oxford-based organization fighting to find a cure for childhood cancer. The money was proceeds from a September fund-raiser at Landhope, where $1 of ever 12-inch hoagie and 50 cents from every hamburger in all three Landhope locations went to the fund.
“We consider it a privilege and an honor to partner with the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation every September ot honor this young man and raise money to help other children going through the same thing Eli did,” said McCartney, director of operations at the Landhope in Willowdale. “The foundation does great things for the families as well as research to find a cure.”
Matthews, of Oxford, lost his son, Eli Seth, to leukemia in 2011 at the age of 10. Since then, he has established the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation and has raised $17,000 in fundraising efforts to fund Dr. Todd Druley in St. Louis at the Washington University School of Medicine.
“The support from Landhope Farms and everyone across the country will go toward finding a cure (for childhood cancer),” said Matthews. “It is the most underfunded cancer research there is in the world, and this money will help drastically.”
This is the second year that Landhope Farms has participated in the effort to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Last year, Landhope raised more than $3,000.
“our customers are great and really get behind our efforts to raise awareness,” said Becky Yakscoe, district director at Landhope Farms.