Faustina and Elizabeth's
13 years ago Faustina, who was 5 years old at the time, was diagnosed with Leukemia (ALL). After 3 years of treatment, she claimed victory over cancer. This year marks her tenth year cancer free.
10 years ago, in second grade, Elizabeth met Faustina. They immediately formed a forever friendship.
4 years ago, Faustina had the idea of creating a nonprofit company that helped teens earn service hours, due to the fact that she required 80 service hours for school. Since she had trouble finding places to volunteer at, she wanted to help other teens find places to earn community service hours. She recruited her best friend, Elizabeth, to help form this company (GOT3).
On February 20, 2016, one of Faustina's good friends from camp, Joshua Allen, passed away from Rhabdomyosarcoma. This inspired Faustina to change the mission of GOT3. Along with helping teens earn the service hours they needed, she wanted to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. That is the mission of GOT3 today.
At the age of 14, Joshua lost his courageous 2-1/2 year battle with a rare form of childhood cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma.
He attained the rank of First Class Scout and being awarded the Spirit of the Eagle award in 2016. He participated in the school play, Pinocchio. Joshua's greatest passion was music. He loved to listen to the radio and sing along with his favorite songs, he played both the piano and the bassoon, and was active in both his school and church choirs. Whenever he wasn't busy, he would eat his favorite candy, Twizzlers.
Before he passed away, Joshua served as a childhood cancer advocate, promoting the need for increased funding for pediatric cancer research, and was the face of a community blood drive in that brought in 112 units of blood in just seven hours. Throughout his cancer journey, Joshua remained positive and happy. Joshua was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and terrific friend who wanted to be remembered, most of all, for loving everyone.
In November 2015, Joshua was a guest on a radio show in which he told his story and, when asked what he would say to another child in his situation, he answered, “Live it like it’s your last day. Try to be the best person you can be.” Joshua lived that philosophy every day of his life and, as a result, he leaves a lasting legacy.
In honor of Joshua, who passed away at age 14, we created the GOT3 $14 Donation challenge. We encourage you to take the challenge.