When Nick Wesoloskie was just 2½ years old, his newborn baby sister was diagnosed with cancer. Charlotte fought courageously for her entire first year of life and today at age 10, she is nine years cancer-free thanks to the world-class care she received at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
In 2011, as a second grader, Nick decided he wanted to give back and help other kids like Charlotte. He led the charge, with the help of his family, to start “PJ Day for the Kids” – honoring those battling cancer in their PJs for days, weeks, or even longer.
Over the past six years, the annual “PJ Day for the Kids” campaign has grown one dollar at a time, raising more than $178,000 for Connecticut Children’s Division of Hematology/Oncology. With 130 schools, business partners, and more than 50 Dunkin’ Donuts locations participating, Nick brought proposed legislation to the Connecticut State Legislature and successfully named the second Friday in December as “PJ Day” across the state!
Successful Grassroots Effort
With such strong backing, the team pitched the program to Aetna in Hartford, inviting the organization to participate in the 7th Annual PJ Day. The leadership was so impressed by this clever, worthy, grassroots cause, they immediately paved the way for Aetna Connecticut employees to participate and wear pajamas to work.
Way to go Aetna!
Nick and the PJ Day team hope other companies and business partners will join in and support patient care for kids battling cancer at Connecticut Children’s. It couldn’t be easier to join Aetna and hundreds of schools and businesses across the state to help kids like Charlotte:
Give $1 or More – Wear Your PJs – Make a Difference!
If you would like to host a “PJ Day for the Kids” event at your school or business, please visit give.connecticutchildrens.org/pjday today!