In 1991 Melissa Helms and Risa Tramel met at St. Joseph’s Hospital while their two infant daughters were undergoing treatment for cancer. Through research advancement, both of their daughters survived the disease but the two moms were dedicated to continue fighting. Together, they founded the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Twenty five years later Melissa is now the owner of Keep Me in Stitches (KMIS) in South Tampa, a premier sewing center. KMIS has partnered with sewing machine and technology provider Janome to raise funds for the 25th anniversary of NPCF.

For the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, KMIS will sell NPCF branded sewing machines in all three KMIS stores. KMIS will donate $25 for every sewing machine sold and Janome will match the donation with an additional $25 donation.

Since the organization’s foundation it has continued to spread Melissa’s message for the desperate need to raise critical funds for pediatric cancer research. Help us celebrate our 25th year of service and #RiseUp for a faster cure by visiting KMIS today.