We had the good fortune of connecting with Curtis Vallier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Curtis, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Our business was started out of necessity for change and a passion to give back. When our daughter Jaycee was diagnosed with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma (rare form of Brain Cancer) on January 30th, 2020, our family was devastated. We were alone in a world we knew little about and certainly never expected to be a part of, the world of Childhood Cancer. My wife and I along with our Warrior Jaycee initially spent two weeks admitted to Children’s of Milwaukee, she had multiple surgeries, tests, MRI’s, etc. but there was one thing that always cheered her up, Mail.

Once we returned home a very special family reached out to us, their daughter June was battling the same cancer and in an instant we became family, we had other parents that understood what we were facing and another warrior to fight alongside our daughter. We decided to send them a package full of things that would bring a smile to June’s face and her parents to let them know they were not alone in this fight.

This single act of giving back and paying it forward as so many others did for our family was the start of Battlecorn Care Packages Co. and a way of life meant to spread smiles and carry on a legacy. We officially formed our 501(c)3 in June 2020 and since have sent close to 300 packages to more than 40 states and multiple countries. Our goal and mission were to spread cheer through mail, to create a distraction from the day-to-day battles of cancer and give kids a chance to forget their diagnosis if even just for a moment. Throughout our daughter’s fight, that moment meant the world to her and us, it meant there wasn’t a cloud hanging over her, it meant normalcy and it meant living without worry.

Our desire to make waves in the childhood cancer world has only strengthened since Jaycee laud her sword down and left us a greater mission. A mission to carry on her legacy and make the future better for other warriors and kids like her.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My wife and I both work in addition to running our non-profit full time. I have worked for the USPS for close to 11 years and my wife just started working at our daughters school this year as a pre-school aide. These jobs pay our bills while the organization fuels our passion to serve. Day to day challenges of working essentially two full time jobs means there is little to no down time and our life speed is wide open. While this may seem overwhelming to most, to us it’s just our life and has been for so long that it’s “normal”. We make time for family focus on bettering ourselves while working hard to continue our original mission while also advocating for change. Our kids deserve so much better and groups like ours have a common goal … to not exist at all, to not have to create smiles and memories for children battling cancer, to not need to speak for those without a voice. Someday that goal will become a reality, someday we will live in a world without stolen innocence and childhoods.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We live in Appleton, Wisconsin, surrounded by cheese curds & Packers Fans! We are known for Houdini Plaza, Mile of Music, Saturday Farmer’s Markets, The PAC where you can see the hottest new shows! We have Indoor football and hockey just 30 minutes away at the Resch Center across the street from Lambeau Field. Downtown Appleton offers great food, drinks and entertainment on any given night, take a walk down college avenue, meet friends with zero shortage of things to do!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our journey to this position was guided by so many, we were blessed with love and support on a level we never knew possible. Our day to day live became so overwhelming and without those true genuine souls in our corner we never wo9uld have been able to cope. At the heart of Battlecorn lies Our inspiration for this mission, the Lanham Family of TN. Joey (father of June) was the first person to reach out to us after reading our story and we quickly found a relation that helped both our families cope with the diagnosis we both faced. To this day we still remain close and follow June’s fight, her smile and innocence remind us so much of our daughter and we truly love her and her family.

Website: www.battlecorncarepackages.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/battlecorn_care_packages

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