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Kristine’s Joy for Kids Recognizes Local Hero Family



Kristine’s Joy for Kids Founding Hope, a local program of the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) recently recognized the Sligh family as Go Gold Ribbon Parents Heroes. Justin and Marisa Sligh’s three-year-old son Milo has been receiving treatment from MUSC Children’s Hospital since November 2017.

“Marisa and Justin really are heroes,” Kristine Shaffer, Volunteer Director of Kristine’s Joy for Kids Founding Hope, said. “Marisa is so good at supporting everyone around her and sharing their story to bring awareness to childhood cancer. We are thrilled to be able to recognize them as a Go
Gold Ribbon Parents Heroes family. Their courage, love, faithfulness and support for kids with cancer deserves recognition.”

Marisa is pursuing a degree in nursing while Justin serves in the USAF reserves and works full-time. Kristine’s Joy for Kids Founding Hope, along with their church and other local charities have provided support to the Sligh family while dealing with Milo’s illness.

Milo was recently named the Little Man of the Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Lowcountry.

Local charity Kristine’s Joy for Kids Founding Hope has numerous upcoming events where the community can support the Slighs and other families dealing with childhood cancer. On April 5th,  there will be a Go Gold event from 2 pm to 7 pm at Hampton Park during the Cooper River Bridge Run Wonderfest Kids Fun Run.

The organization has also teamed up with the Charleston RiverDogs for a “Dogs with a Cause”event on Memorial Day, May 27th at 5:05 pm to benefit families of children with cancer. Local kids with cancer and their families will be in the audience to watch the RiverDogs take on the Columbia Fireflies. There will be games and fun for all ages throughout the stadium. Money raised will be given to local families of kids with cancer.

Individual tickets to the game are $10 and can be purchased via this special link:

About Kristine’s Joy for Kids Founding Hope

Kristine’s Joy For Kids Founding Hope functions under the fiscal sponsorship of the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), a non-profit, 501-C tax-exempt organization.

Kristine’s Joy for Kids FH Hope serves kids with cancer and their families throughout South Carolina. ACCO provides educational resources, hospital care bags, medical play kits and more for families of cancer-stricken kids to help them cope with this life-changing diagnosis. Kristine’s Joy For Kids FH is raising awareness, advocating, and bringing joy to local kids with cancer by providing for special needs to care for the families.

Gold is the universal color for childhood cancer.

Go Gold events bring the community together and 100% of donated funds are distributed to the local families in need.

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