continued Perhaps the deepest motivation for Van Hattum’s tireless efforts is that she was never supposed to be a mother.
“I was told I’d never have a child; there was no way, come hell or high water, I’d ever have a child,” said Van Hattum. “To me, God gave me this miracle, whether this miracle is healthy or not healthy, it’s a gift and I’m going to do whatever I can to take care of it.”
CJ’s grandparents and father are Van Hattum’s day-to-day support system but she said it’s the community that’s really stepped up.
“We couldn’t do it without the community,” said Van Hattum, who does the majority of fundraising from February to May. “It’s a fight but you do it out of love. … Hopefully one day I can look at him and say, ‘We were able to spread awareness and find a cure for you.’”
Cuts For A Cause on March 25 kicks off the spring fundraising events. Men’s and children’s haircuts are $10 and women’s are $20. Every Monday in April, 25 percent of the profit from dining at Mingle on Delaware Avenue from 4 to 11 p.m. will be donated to CF. On April 14, Glow Golf at Crossgates Mall will be an all-day event with a percentage of proceeds donated to CF. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate directly or read more, visit Van Hattum's fundraising page at http://www.cff.org/great_strides/TracyVanHattum.