When she first started, her mom Vickie, thought it was "cute" and a "nice gesture", but now that Lindsey will be turning 16 in November, she has an even stronger passion for helping these kids get through the biggest fight of their life. Lindsey has organized many fundraising events to pay for these, partnered on her own with various businesses for donations, and collected school supplies for families that could not afford them due to medical bills. Lindsey has a whole space in the Pacios home dedicated to Team Cure.
Lindsey wants to provide more awareness around childhood cancer for more research funding. People are losing their kids to these treatments more than the disease. This year, Lindsey started visiting kids that live close by, in addition to sending packages across the U.S. as well as internationally. She started a "sponsorship program" where people can directly contribute to specific kids and their needs, as making sure people see where their money goes is important to Lindsey.
Karen Burnett, the mom of one of Lindsey’s friends, said Team Cure is something Lindsey is passionate about and it is great to see a teenager care so strongly about something. Lindsey has done the majority of this work on her own. Now she is moving onto bigger things, like getting bunk beds, and a new car seat for a child that was sick in her own seat from chemo. It’s amazing that Lindsey continues to do this even though some of these stories don't have a happy ending.
On her website, Lindsey has a bulleted list of accomplishments in the three years since Team Cure was founded. These include:
• We have made 120 packages to date. We have sent them to 4 different countries, 33 different US States and gave 5 packages in person to children fighting cancer
• Expanded our organization to cover siblings
• Started a blog
• Been on the news and gave an interview on a radio show
• Made countless connections with families * Collaborate with 18 brands
• Faced my fear of working with more than one person. Made a lot of new friends * Learned how to get a bunch of 12 year olds involved with Team Cure
• Learned how a bank account and credit card works
• Stayed up until 3 am many nights working on Team Cure
• Gained 10,000 followers on Instagram
• Learned more about childhood cancer than I ever thought I would
• Given a PowerPoint on Osteosarcoma to her class and taught 10,000+ people about childhood cancer
• Found out what it means to have something mean the world to you
• Found out how fragile life is and found out how lucky I am
Thank you Lindsey for all you do to spread smiles!