CICERO — Sky Zone, Syracuse’s premium wall-to-wall trampoline park located in the Dewitt Town Center, raised $3,000 for Cicero nonprofit Griffin’s Guardians through a recent fundraising event. The park donated 100% of its jump pass sales from June 30 to the organization for its Grace’s Sibling Sunshine Program.
“Griffin’s Guardians does so much to help families through the most difficult time of their lives,” said Pam Tuohey, managing franchise partner of Sky Zone Syracuse. “We are in awe of the incredible work they do.”
The Cicero nonprofit, which supports local families who are affected by pediatric cancer and raises money for research, will use the proceeds to support its Grace’s Sibling Sunshine Program. In this program, care packages are delivered to children whose sibling has been diagnosed with cancer, to let them know they are brave and strong. The initiative was created and named for Grace Engle, whose brother Griffin passed away from brain cancer at age 7, because, in her words, “They are going through a hard time too.”
“We’re always looking for new and impactful ways to support our community,” said Tuohey.
In addition to a yearly fundraiser to support an area non-profit, Sky Zone offers free party rooms and jump time year-round for Syracuse City school PTO meetings. Parent attendance for PTO meetings has increased for organizations hosting meetings at Sky Zone.
“Griffin’s Guardians is truly blessed by the support of local businesses like Sky Zone in helping us to carry out our mission and continuing to carry on Griffin’s legacy within our community,” said Erin Engle, founder of Griffin’s Guardians.
Griffin’s Guardians was founded in 2014 by the family of Griffin Engle, who died at age 7 from a rare form of brain cancer. Griffin’s Guardians is a recognized nonprofit that provides support and financial assistance to children battling cancer in Central New York. They work hand in hand with Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to stay up-to-date on what the patients’ and families’ current needs are. In addition, they strive to bring awareness to pediatric cancer and to provide financial aid for funding pediatric cancer research. Visit griffinsguardians.org to learn more.