Actress Kerry Washington, representing L’Oreal, presented the Daily Points of Light Award just now to
Cindy Kerr in the lead up to the opening session of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.
Cindy Kerr’s organization ConKerr Cancer has mobilized volunteers to make over 90,000 pillow cases for sick kids. Her endeavor began in 2002, inspired by her son Ryan who was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in 2002. She started making pillow cases to brighten up his hospital room, and soon began to make them for other kids at the hospital.
From the ConKerr Cancer website:
In 2008, Ryan lost his very brave battle with cancer but the pillowcase project – now a not-for- profit called ConKerr Cancer – has grown in amazing ways. In just two years, Cindy and thousands of volunteers have provided over 90,000 pillowcases to sick children in hospitals across North America and in South Africa. School groups, sewing circles, church groups and fabric stores have all pitched in and are making pillowcases for the kids.
In 2007, Cindy was an honoree of L’Oreal’s Women of Worth Award.