RANCHO SANTA FE — The 7th annual gala for The Seany Foundation was held at the picturesque Del Mar County Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The Seany Foundation (TSF), which helps bring hope and happiness to children afflicted with cancer, was founded by Amy and Mitchell Robins.
Their son Sean, who was diagnosed Ewing sarcoma in his teens, was their inspiration for this foundation.
“TSF was an idea that Sean had in 2005, a year before he succumbed to his cancer. However, it wasn’t until after he passed away that TSF was actually established and began raising money, which was in early 2007,” Amy said.
Their recent fundraiser drew in more than 180 guests. Many of which, the Robins’ said, were newly introduced to their foundation.
“Our mission is to fund meaningful projects that enhance the lives of kids, teens, and young adults affected by cancer,” Mitchell said. “It was Sean’s vision to help other kids facing cancer and that’s what we aim to do.”
For Mitchell, he and his wife are thankful to everyone who continues to come out and support their organization.
Its gala, “Everything Is Possible Celebration,” had a camp theme. Amy pointed out they wanted to highlight Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS), a program they began running this year. This camp was previously championed by the American Cancer Society.
“Seany’s CR4TS is a free camp for kids and teens with a cancer diagnosis and their siblings,” Amy said.
Amy and Mitch, who volunteer their time to TSF, want people to know that nearly every dollar donated is put toward programs that improve the quality of life for local kids fighting cancer.
“Aside from Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, TSF also supports an art program at Rady Children’s Hospital called Art from the Heart, as well as Lollipop Theatre’s Rhythm of Hope music program at hospitals in Los Angeles,” Amy said. “To enhance life in another way, TSF gives financial support to a Clinical Research Associate at Rady Children’s Hospital.”
According to Amy, by supporting the Clinical Research Associate, a larger group of young cancer patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. These medical trials can potentially save lives and alter the course of future treatments for others, Amy said.
For Mitchell, an exciting moment during the gala was when they brought members of the Seany’s CR4TS Founder’s Circle on stage to award them with the, “Seany’s Community Service Award.”
The winners were the University Compounding Pharmacy, Holly Ellison, BH Gold Insurance Agency, Eddy Pump and Variety, the Children’s Charity of Southern California.
“They are all a beautiful example of kind-hearted people who truly understand the reasons and the need for camp for the special population of kids and families affected by cancer,” he said.
For Amy, her special memory was the campfire ambience they were able to create. Lia Rose and Tim Marcus from San Francisco played campfire-acoustic music.
“After all, what we really wanted to do is impress upon the guests how very special Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky is to campers, counselors, and families,” she said. “Camp gives kids the best chance they have at feeling accepted and supported by peers, finding strength within their struggles, and gaining the life skills needed to create the type of long-term emotional well-being they’ll need to carry them beyond a childhood of cancer and into adulthood.”
Over time, TSF has transformed. At first, it was primarily involved in research funding at
UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. From there, TSF constructed a teen lounge at Rady’s oncology center for youth to gather while undergoing treatments.
As time went on, Mitchell said, they began to fund more patient-focused programs, such as Seany Movie Nights, SOMBFAB Glee Club, Rhythm of Hope in L.A. and Art from the Heart.
And then, of course, Camp Reach for the Sky.
“We made some changes in the Foundation’s mission and we now dedicate the vast majority of our giving dollars to quality-of-life programs. As we work with the community and their needs continue to be revealed, we will not hesitate to evolve to meet those needs,” Mitchell said.
The Robins Family also extended their warmhearted thanks to its long list of generous sponsors, staff, and volunteers.
To learn more about TSF visit theseanyfoundation.org.