Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HPIR and Team Toni!

This past weekend, HPIR once again was honored to help out with the Team Toni charity, this time in the form of an annual Poker Run!

For those who aren't familiar with Team Toni, this is a group of volunteers who have come together to help fight the dreaded "C-word."  Named in honor of Toni Black, an inspirational young lady who became a symbol of hope and strength to all in her own battle, Team Toni is responsible for fundraising, providing services to those battling cancer and their families, and spreading the message that together, we CAN make a difference.

Kelly, one of HPIR's investigators, has been instrumental in the Team Toni campaign since the beginning, being a close friend of Toni's and her family.  We've always been super proud of Kelly's devotion and dedication to this cause, and have helped out whenever we were able.  HPIR's involvement with Team Toni became even more personal when Kelly's mother, Diane, also an investigator with HPIR, was diagnosed with a malignant spot on her pancreas.

Last weekend's Poker Run raised funds to support Diane and her treatment, so HPIR was happy to pull together and do whatever we could do to help!  We also had a blast, as we tend to do whenever we get together!  I had never been to such an event, and it was overwhelming to see so many bikes and jeeps coming out to support this great cause. 

If you would like to become involved with Team Toni, whether its participating in one of the many diverse fundraisers, or as a volunteer for one of the many great services they offer, you can find more information at the link provided below.  And while HPIR is proud to support and partner with Team Toni, there are many other great ways the paranormal community is kicking cancer in the butt!

On a local level, this past spring The Original WV Paranormal hosted a conference in Nitro to raise funds for a local woman who fought her own battle.  On October 16th, another group out of Huntington, the Ohio River Believers Society (ORBS) will be hosting another event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

On a more national level, this year, September 15th was set aside as Paranormal Kicks Cancer Day, where groups from several different states held their own fundraising events to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Cancer is an issue that affects every single one of us in some way or another, and I urge all my colleagues out there in the paranormal community to step up and do something about it!

Team Toni

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