The SlyeStrong #6 Foundation is continually seeking ways to provide support for our community; a direct reflection of the support the Slye family received. The foundation’s goals are to meet immediate community needs to alleviate hardship and promote a positive outlook, provide comfort to those living with cancer, establish and maintain relationships with all supporters including families, schools, churches, and organizations.
LOCAL BOOK DRIVE
Our book drive collected new and gently used infant and children’s books, word and puzzle books, coloring books, crayons and bubbles (for respiratory therapy) benefiting Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals, Children’s National Hospital, Rappahannock Community Service Program for Teen Parents, and Stafford County Public Schools ROSE Project.
BASKETS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
For Thanksgiving, we were able to provide a family of 7 with a basket of food for their holiday meal. For Christmas, we were able to provide baskets for Christmas meals for two families (totaling of 11 people), as well as purchasing gifts for 4 children and their mother to open on Christmas morning.
We donated 4 tablets and a DVD player to the OutPatient Infusion Center at Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center, 4 tablets and a DVD player to the OutPatient Infusion Services at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and 4 tablets to Children’s National Health System-Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia. Click HERE to read our full story.
WINSHAPE SUMMER CAMP
$1,200 was provided for underprivileged kids to attend WinShape Summer Camp, hosted by Mount Ararat Baptist Church of Stafford.
#SELFLESS SELFIE CAMPAIGN
A.J. wouldn’t let any of us get down. He would always say, “It is what it is, and you can either go through this being miserable or you can just go through it. Being miserable isn’t going to help anybody.” So, the SlyeStrong# Foundation decided that instead of being sad on AJ’s “Angel-versary”, we would do something fun and kind. If we can go out and help somebody, and even if we can make one person smile for one reason, then we did something. This became the genesis for the Selfless Selfie campaign, a social media movement in the same vein as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The concept is simple: Do a kind deed for someone, write it down beginning with the phrase “I honored A.J. Slye by …”, take a selfie of it and post to a social media platform with the hashtag #SelflessSelfie or #SlyeStrong6. Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, people were encouraged to tag others to do a good deed.
This campaign was a complete success. Social media was filled with pictures of people doing selfless acts for friends, family, and complete strangers! What a fantastic way to celebrate AJ’s life!