The 2018 Baby J Fund holiday ornaments, designed by SLANE, are a throwback to the original Baby J ornaments first created by the artists in 2000. Depicting a cupid reaching down to scoop up a heart, the design symbolizes the love in our hearts for children and the hope for making advances in pediatric cancer research. All proceeds from the sale of this year’s handcrafted ornaments will be used to advance brain tumor research, education, training, and awareness at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Ornaments can be purchased through December 25, or until supplies run out. Ornaments bought by December 14 will be delivered before Christmas Day.
2018 Baby J Fund Limited Edition Ornaments
Beverly and Mark Ladley have dedicated much of their lives to pediatric brain tumor research. In 2000, the couple’s 15-month-old son John Francis Ladley, III lost his battle with brain cancer. The couple immediately recognized the need for improved healthcare in the Charlotte, NC area; not only were families coping with cancer, but they were also dealing with the inconvenience of leaving families, friends, and jobs to travel to receive the appropriate healthcare. The Ladley’s created the Baby J Ladley Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund to support awareness and research efforts for pediatric brain cancer. As a part of that commitment, Beverly Ladley teamed up with prominent North Carolina jewelry maker, SLANE, to create beautiful handmade ornaments.
Donations made to the Baby J Fund are used support the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program in advancing brain tumor-related research, education, training, and awareness, as well as supporting the introduction of brain tumor related Phase I and Phase II clinical trial initiatives to the region.