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Inspiring Conversations with Lindsey Pacios of Team Cure

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Pacios.

Hi Lindsey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was only 12 years old when I founded Team Cure. I was scrolling through Instagram and found a fellow 12-year-old girl named Bella who loved dolls just like me. One day out of nowhere Bella was complaining of chest pains. She was later diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that had spread to her lungs.

This was so upsetting to me and I wanted to help. I started raising money by selling bracelets at school to buy gifts for Bella. I sent Bella the box of gifts and she posted a photo of it when she got it. She said she loved it! From that point forward, I have made it my mission to send custom care packages to kids and teens with cancer.

We have sent over 500 packages and have expanded our services to also provide big wishes/gifts for birthdays or holidays, we send out birthday cards, and we provide grants for families who need them. I am a strong advocate for change in the childhood cancer world. Pediatric cancer only receives 4% of the government’s cancer research budget. My hope is people see my charitable and advocacy work and also join the fight against pediatric cancer whether they are directly affected or not.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It wasn’t always such a smooth road. Starting a charity as a child is very difficult because adults won’t always take you seriously. I have been told “no” to fundraising by my middle school. It was always a battle, as a young person in this field I have to prove myself capable probably ten times more than an adult. It is easier now that I am 17 but it’s still challenging because of my age, but never impossible or an excuse.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Team Cure sends custom Care Packages to kids with cancer. These packages can make any child or teen feel special. We are a unique organization because we are not afraid to speak our minds on issues that matter such as the social aspects of pediatric cancer and the lack of funding and awareness it receives. Our packages also contain “SOS bags” for kids who need them. An “SOS bag” is a bag filled with four stress/fidget toys that are included upon request with a package. These bags help kids who need healthy and happy coping mechanisms during and after their cancer treatment. We are survivor and teenager inclusive to make Team Cure a healthy and safe space for everyone no matter where you are in your journey.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I am a pretty lucky person. I was diagnosed with ASD and other learning disabilities when I was seven. It’s harder and unexpected for me to come up with such a great charity. It’s a common misconception that people with ASD do not have empathy and I am living proof that this claim is silly. Not a lot of people look at someone with autism and say, “they are going to be the founder of a charity one day”, I’m lucky I was so successful and didn’t get so consumed by society’s expectations. I am very lucky and blessed that I can overcome such misconceptions and I can give myself the accommodations I need.

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