Yesterday we delivered gift baskets to two families at Seattle Childrens hospital, two families at the Ronald MacDonald house, and one family at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance apartments. All families are being treated at Seattle Childrens hospital currently. These baskets included gift cards to Starbucks (the only food vendor at SCH), visa gift cards to help with food, gas money, presents for their own kids, a self care treat for Mom or Dad, a plush towel, a mug with soothing teas from Starbucks, Beautycounter lotion and body wash, and some chocolates.
While coordinating deliveries, one mom commented that she had never experienced such kindness from a stranger. Her remarks helped me realize that those of us who have experienced a child with cancer are not actually strangers. We are all too familiar with each other's deepest fears - that our most precious babies could die - and we have no control over how it plays out.
These families are new members of our cancer family. Yesterday we were able to let them know that they are not alone and that there is always hope.
Please see the links below to learn more about the families you helped support. These families are early in their journeys and will continue to need support. All prayers, positive thoughts, kind gestures and love that you can send their way will be deeply felt and appreciated.
Jade and Chy Williams (daughter is Chaelyn-Wilms' tumor)
Chelsie Gonia (daughter is Alyssa-Neuroblastoma)
Kara & Jay Jones (daughter is Hunter Rose-Neuroblastoma)
Audrey & Matt Taylor (daughter is Danica-ATRT brain tumor)
Kathy Clark (son is Jace- posterior fossa embryonal tumor-brain tumor)