Tiny Sparrow Foundation was born in November 2009 by a resilient and hopeful cancer survivor, Lidia Boicu. During the gruesome months of chemo, radiation, and surgeries, she learned human compassion. Lidia turned the emotional and physically challenging experience into a productive use of her time; she courageously taught herself professional photography.
Upon recovering from cancer, coupled with her new found skill set, a simple but poignant idea came to light.
Lidia created a non-profit organization dedicated to providing lasting memories through the beautiful art of photography to the families with children who are facing life threatening illnesses. With the help of photographers nationwide, a beautiful album is created that will carry the love, joy and everlasting memory of each individual family.
Today, Tiny Sparrow is at a cross roads. The good news is that we have a growing fan base of volunteers, like-minded people who believe in the cause, talented photographers willing to donate their time and energy, and families who would love the opportunity to treasure photographs of their loved one for years to come. The bad news is that we have virtually zero funding.
To date, the Foundation has existed off of limited personal donations and grassroots fundraising events. In order for our mission to be realized across a much broader spectrum and make a greater impact, we need financial backing.
Enter: Pepsi “Refresh Everything” grant contest.
Tiny Sparrow is in the running to win $50,000! But we need your help that simply involves the click of a mouse or a cell phone.
Critical Note: You can vote once a day, every single day, for the month of May 2011.
There are 3 ways you can vote:
* Visit www.refresheverything.com/tinysparrow ~ you can vote by registering your email, vote directly through your Facebook account,
* You can vote by texting 73774 and putting 106218 in the message.
* Your single vote can be worth 100 votes with the Power Vote ( if you purchase any pepsi products that have the yellow cap look on the cap and you should find a code that you can use)
In cultures around the world, the sparrow is a symbol for hope and rebirth. Though small, the beautiful bird is recognized for its resilient and nurturing characteristics. Tiny Sparrow represents our mission to bring the gift of hope. Thank you for supporting and voting for our idea in the Pepsi Refresh Project ~ this grant could quite literally be the wind beneath our wings. Thank you!