WASHINGTON, September 5, 2013 — Tara Sankner, also known as Princess Tara, became somewhat of a local celebrity in Chantilly, Virginia a suburb of Washington D.C. when the residents lined the street on May 3, 2013 in a flash mob to cheer the princess and her royal court.
Now she is becoming well known to the Washington Redskins as well.
Tara has astrocytoma, a type of brain cancer. Astrocytoma can be treated, but is never cured. The eight year old has been through 30 weeks of chemotherapy and is expected to go through 36 more.
Tara has kept up hope and has shown an amazing amount of resilience in the face of her illness, but her parents have said that their lives have been a roller coaster since February when they found out their daughter was ill. The out of pocket medical costs alone can be overwhelming for a family with a chronically ill child.
The kindnesses of others has helped make a difficult time a little more tolerable.
Two of those people are Washington Redskins wide receiver, Pierre Garcon and CEO of local pizzeria Paisano’s, Fouad Qreitem. Qreitem had wanted to do something for Tara during National Childhood Cancer Awareness month and approached Garcon to see if he would be willing to participate as well. The ‘Let’s Take Care of Tara’ campaign will run September 3rd – September 30th at all 22 Paisano’s locations in the Northern Virginia and Maryland area.
Every Tuesday in September, Paisano’s will donate 10 percent of any order directly to Tara’s family if the customer mentions the campaign. The money will go to help the family with Tara’s medical expenses. Additionally, the customer who orders the most during the regular football season will get their food delivered by Pierre Garcon.
Garcon has also pledged to donate $2,500 toward Tara’s medical expenses for every touchdown he scores against Philadelphia on Monday night during the Redskin’s season opener.
Tara became ‘Princess Tara’ thanks to Tom Mitchell, the founder and president of the nonprofit organization, Stillbrave.
Stillbrave is an organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and their families with non-medical assistance during treatment in the WashingtonD.C. area.
The above report was compiled using information available from multiple sources including personal interviews, radio broadcasts and transcripts, social media, publicly available records, transcripts and public reports. No single source was used.