Oct 03 2012

Survivor Spotlight – Kennedy Anne Snyder

Kennedy Anne Snyder
A Story of Love and Friendship
by the Circle of Friends Committee

Kennedy Snyder was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocyoma in October of 2002, and at 2 1/2 years old, underwent surgery immediately. Life changed not only for Kennedy and her family, but for her friends as well. On Halloween, instead of trick-or-treating dressed as Snow White, she spent several weeks in the hospital recovering. Friends and family were utterly heart broken and it was difficult to stand by unable to ease her pain and suffering.

In January of 2003 several of the Snyder’s family and friends gathered to form a group called Kennedy’s Circle of Friends. Friends and family from all over the United

States actively participated in the planning of a fundraiser to aid the Snyder’s in affording many of the necessities Kennedy would now need, but were not afforded by insurance. People were eager to help in any way possible, anything they could do to help Kennedy, her mother and father and her new baby brother, cope with this unimaginable grief.

In September 2003 the event that was lovingly called the FUNRaising Festival; A Celebration for Kennedy Snyderand Family took place. The event became more about celebrating life and friendship than about raising funds. The generosity of those in attendance as well as those unable to attend was overwhelming.

The benefit took place at the Mamaroneck Beach Point Club on a beautiful September afternoon. The children were entertained by clowns, live musicians, DJ, relay races, face painting, a moon bounce, a scavenger hunt, dancing, and of course Snow White and Cinderella. Adults were invited to participate in a silent auction which included generously donated gifts such as; a weekend get away to the beach, a spa package, Coach handbags, jewelry, local restaurant certificates, NFL ticket packages, NCAA CBS Sports package (in studio), baseballs autographed by: Graig Nettles, Don Larson, Goose Gossage, Call Ripken Jr., Frank Robinson, Dusty Baker, Joe Morgan and Sammy Sosa. Young and old enjoyed a fully catered lunch, cotton candy, popcorn, sweets and many other tasty treats. The event was truly a success raising over $50,000 for Kennedy and her family. It is our wish for Kennedy to be able to use some of the money in the future for college.

Friends and family wanted to do more than hope and pray for Kennedy’s recovery, they came together as a community to support the Snyder Family. Currently Kennedy has just finished her last round of chemotherapy and is attending pre-school two days a week and loving it. She is also having a great time swimming and horseback riding as part of her physical therapy twice a week. For now her spirits are high and her prognosis is good. Kennedy remains in our hearts and prayers and serves as a remainder to all of how special love and friendship are.

Circle of Friends Committee

March 2004