COVENTRY, Conn. (WTNH) – “My sister Charlotte was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer as a newborn and this was a terrifying time for our family. And after a year of treatment at CCMC, she was fortunately cancer-free. Even after all this time, I knew that children were still fighting for their lives and I wanted to do something to help them, so I started PJ Day for the Kids,” said 17-year-old Nicholas Wesoloskie of Coventry.
It was in 2011 when then-second division Nicholas Wesoloskie got an idea to give something back.
“It just goes to show that even the smallest idea from a second reader can grow into something so big,” Wesoloski says.
Now 11 years later, PJ Day is still celebrated on the second Friday of every December and that’s exactly what it sounds like.
“PJ Day is an event where students, schools and businesses can wear their pajamas to support children with childhood cancer and donate a dollar or more to support these patients,” Wesoloski said.
Wesoloski reminds us that pajamas are typically what children wear when they are in the hospital for treatment.
“Not because they choose to be in their pajamas, but because they have to. I think this is a way to show solidarity with them,” Wesoloski said.
So also this year thousands of children and adults will show solidarity. More than 160 different towns and cities are participating!
“It means so much to me. In that first year, we raised $500, and we’ve raised $1.4 million cumulatively since then. Every dollar raised will benefit the Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, supporting clinical trials and research that impacts patients around the world,” Wesoloski said.