Six year old Dane Mader, seven year old Booklin Mader and ten year old Brilee Mader sold corn this summer and donated the money they earned to Hope Center, a Northwest Indiana cancer support center. Matt and Brandi Mader are the parents of the young philanthropists. The family resides in Shelby. Affectionately calling their sale "Corn for Cancer," the children placed freshly picked corn on a table at their grandparents' home. The corn was sold for three dollars a dozen over a period of two weeks. They collected money on the "honor system." The Mader family was introduced to Hope Center when their relative received a Hope Tote filled with comfort items during treatment. A Hope Center Hope Tote is filled with items to bring comfort to cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. Totes include soft hats, adult coloring books, crayons, pens, a journal, travel games, a deck of cards and a hand-made fleece tied blanket. Two anonymous donors matched the funds that the Mader children raised, allowing them to make $1000 donations to two additional charities. Hope Center provides emotional support and informational resources to those battling cancer in Northwest Indiana. Hope Center offers support groups, restorative stretching classes, educational materials and resource information. Family fun nights are held throughout the year for survivors, caregivers and families of cancer patients. All programs are offered free of charge. For more information about Hope Center, call (219) 552-1640 or visit http://lcoc-online.org/HopeCenter. Follow Hope Center on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cancerhopecenter.
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