A grant has been awarded to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Neuroblastoma Research Program in honor of Lyla Theoharides. The Duxtucket Paddle Babes Giving Circle, a group of avid platform tennis players from Duxbury and Nantucket, raised the funds for this grant after a successful PaddleTennis weekend in Nantucket this January.
The weekend event has taken place for over thirty years and last year, the group decided to establish a Giving Circle to enhance their group activity. The group approached the Community Foundation for Nantucket to create a fund to add a charitable component to their annual competitive weekend. After two meetings of the Duxtucket Paddle Babes Giving Circle, this year the group decided to make a grant. The interests and opinions of the members were considered and discussed, and it was determined that a donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Neuroblastoma Research Program in honor of the niece of a long-time participant was a great way to spend their charitable dollars.
“I am completely overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the Duxtucket Paddle Babes’ decision to donate to Neuroblastoma Research in honor of my 6 year old niece, Lyla Theoharides. It means so much to know that money will be put toward this very important cause so dear to my heart.” Lisa Grace, Duxtucket Paddle Babe.
For more information about how to create your own Giving Circle, please contact Margaretta Andrews at the Community Foundation for Nantucket by calling 508-825-9993.