Second Star to the Right

  Fighting Back For Children Battling Cancer 

In the Beginning

Second Star to the Right was originally founded in January of 2010 by Briana Schechter and her sister Rachelle Griffith to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and for local families battling pediatric cancer.  Rachelle’s daughter, Kayla Blair, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer known as AT/RT at the tender age of 21 months old and was treated at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  Sadly, she lost her battle but gained her angel wings on January 10, 2009.  Watching Kayla fight so hard against this devastating disease gave Rachelle, Briana, and other members of their family the strength to continue fighting for other helpless children like Kayla.  Though Kayla lost her battle at only 27 months old, her family felt an overwhelming obligation to fight back against childhood cancer in every way possible.  Therefore, this organization was set up to not only raise funds for research, but to also assist local and regional families on emotional and financial levels.

Modern Day
Second Star to the Right has currently assisted 30 local families to date. We have a functioning staff and board made of volunteers only! All with a passion to help our local childhood cancer families by offering emotional, physical and financial support to those families affected by childhood cancer.
A new office space has allowed us to better organize our many fundraising events and assist the families more affectively, offering a place for them to come and speak to us, visit with us and utilize any of our resources that are made available for them at the office.
Our Name

When Briana Schechter and her sister Rachelle Griffith originally sat down to think of names for the organization, they were completely baffled by the concept.  Because their ultimate goal was to provide assistance to numerous families stricken by childhood cancer, they were immediately able to rule out personal titles such as the “Kayla Blair Memorial Fund.”  They wanted something that was both personally meaningful, and yet relative and relevant to many.  Kayla Blair had a love for Tinker Bell and Briana, her auntie, would sing her the song “Second Star to the Right” from Peter Pan and Peter Pan Return to Neverland to calm her.  Here are the beautiful lyrics:
 The second star to the right
Shines in the night for you
To tell you that the dreams you plan
Really can come true
The second star to the right
Shines with a light that's rare
And if it's Never Land you need
It's light will lead you there
Twinkle, twinkle little star
So I'll know where you are
Gleaming in the skies above
Lead me to the land I dream of
And when our journey is through
Each time we say "Goodnight"
We'll thank the little star that shines
The second from the right