about us

The Team


Sydney F. Martin
The creator, spokesperson and inspiration behind Giving Rocks Foundation and the Syd Rocks necklaces, Syd is now a sophomore in college where she  continues to raise awareness about her beloved cause through a Community Service Fellowship program.  Between her freshman and sophomore year of college, Syd interned in the Child Life department at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where she also served as a Kid’s Advisory Board member during high school.

An accomplished speaker at a young age, Syd gave the keynote address at Lurie Children’s ACE Hardware Event and was active with the Histiocytosis Association and the Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathons.  Syd was the youngest person ever honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the District 39 Education Foundation, has been featured in numerous publications including People Magazine and American Girl Magazine, and has been the guest on local Chicago television programs like “Windy City Live” (ABC-7 Chicago), WGN News and Fox News Chicago.  A lover of dance, fashion and yoga, Syd is honored that Giving Rocks has been invited to participate in the Lolla Cares program at Lollapalooza since 2014.

Tracy L Martin
Tracy Martin is the Executive Director of Syd Rocks, and the mother of Syd Martin, the creator and inspiration behind the Syd Rocks necklace and fifteen year old Carly Martin. Tracy has been there BEFORE the very beginning, knows everything about the organization, and knows everybody tied into the organization.  Tracy is a graphic designer by trade and thus oversees the creative direction of the foundation.

Board Members

Sydney F. Martin

Tracy L. Martin
President, Treasurer, Executive Director

Bradley J. Martin
Mortgage Consultant, Mortgage Master

Randall E. Heman
Count On Us

Jackie Pomerantz

Billy Schreiber
Public Relations Consultant

Karen Bernstein Shoshana
Founder – Owner
Wellness Girl, LLC

Cary Weinstein
President, Covers Unlimited


Former Board Members

Kathy Breitowich, DDS

Lauri Fisher

Lisa Sandlow Imber

Danny Schuman

Brad Zerman

Sky Processing

Nancy Zitlin



Buy or gift a unique, hand-crafted Syd Rocks necklace – 100% of all proceeds go to funding research for LCH and pediatric cancer.



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