Folks at SuperSibs are used to helping the brothers and sisters of pediatric cancer patients, but now they need a little help of their own.
The Palatine-based nonprofit organization needs more votes to have a shot at a $50,000 grant from Pepsi's Refresh Project. The money would allow the group's art exhibit, "Word: the Sibling Journey," to tour additional communities in the Chicago area.
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SuperSibs has cracked the top 20 out of a field of 1,500 grant proposals, but it needs to land in the top 10 by the end of July in order to get funded.
"We want to get the family focused on healing together," SuperSibs Executive Director Suzanne Skala said. "Including the sibling voice is an important part of the healing process, and this exhibit helps achieve that goal."
Skala said the Palatine Park District, including its four swimming pools, and Palatine businesses Norma's Coffee Corner, Spunky Dunkers and the Northwest Highway Citgo are promoting the campaign, collecting codes found on Pepsi products that count for extra votes.
To vote, visit refresheverything.com or text the SuperSibs entry number 107496 to Pepsi at 73774.
And to learn more about work being done by SuperSibs, which currently supports more than 26,000 siblings with free, age-appropriate comfort and care services, visit supersibs.org.