Celebrating Sally and Sallybrating with SOCKS
By Debra Taylor Tee
While most 13-year-old girls are selecting bikini options for the day’s beach outing with friends, or taking interest in this week’s make-up and clothing trends, Sally Campbell is making a very important fashion statement of her own, and is making plans to attend “Christmas in July” to benefit cancer patients and caregivers.
Sallybrating with SOCKS is Sally’s way of bringing smiles to cancer patients across America and here in her own backyard! Sally joined SOCKS, which stands for “Students Organizing Cancer Krazy Socks,” and is a junior board member of the non-profit organization, whose volunteers collect and distribute aloe-infused, moisturizing, and crazy socks, for cancer patients and caregivers in need of a fun level of warmth and comfort during what can be a cold and scary time.
A student at Centennial Middle School, Sally has spear-headed fundraisers at her school, and successfully solicited support through donations from local businesses and her community. She is a regular volunteer at Relay for Life events throughout Tampa Bay, hosting booths and serving cancer survivors meals. Sally’s team raised over $1500, for the cure at the Dade City/San Antonio RFL event.
Recently, Sally received the “Disney’s Friends for Change” grant, which she used to host a spaghetti dinner at the Hope Lodge in Tampa, serving and visiting about 100 cancer patients and family members, each of whom were gifted a pair of socks!
She is currently collecting donations of “socks and other goodies” for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital “Christmas in July” event, July 31st. “My main goal is to reach as many people as I can and continue to collect socks,” she said.
To date, Sally has helped collect nearly 2,000 pairs of socks that have been personally delivered or mailed to cancer patients in all 50 states. Making cancer patients smile is her main priority!
To learn more about how you can help Sallybrating with SOCKS, or about upcoming events, visit their website, www.socks4cancer.com; or follow Sally on Facebook, at Sallybrating-With-Socks organization. Additionally, collection boxes for socks are available at various businesses in Zephyrhills and Dade City.