January 25, 2017
Happy New Year!
Childhood Cancer Guides wishes each of you a happy, healthy, and joyful 2017.
Becca’s Bucket List
Add a drop of kindness to Becca’s bucket list. With no more treatments left to try, Becca has only a few months to live. She is busy checking things off her bucket list, one of which is to ask people to do one kind thing. “It doesn’t have to be a monetary donation. Just a smile. Just give your time. It doesn’t cost anything, for example, to shovel your neighbor’s driveway. Visit someone who might be lonely,” Becca says. “That’s what the message is really. It doesn’t matter how big or small your deed is as long as you do something, it will be appreciated.” Becca is enjoying reading about the acts of kindness on Facebook using #Beccatoldmeto. Click here to read more about Becca.
Don’t Forget Compassion and Empathy
Many of us in the cancer and survivor community are worried about our heath care coverage. Lindsay Brookshier, a survivor of nonhodgkins lymphoma, reminds us not to lose sight of our compassion. Health coverage isn’t about politics, it’s about life. Lindsay writes: “One of the hardest parts of this conversation is trying to bring empathy into a situation that is wrought with such high political tension. I have my political views just like anyone else, but the main focus I wish we could see in this conversation — when understanding the fear cancer patients could be feeling — is empathy.” The blog post is here.
Great Product for Kids on Treatment
This is a great product for preschool and elementary school-aged kids on treatment who are missing school. The program provides each child with a “monkey kit” that includes a big stuffed monkey that takes their place in school when they are unable to be there. The kits include the monkey with a backpack, a book to help teachers explain to students the situation their classmate is facing, a teacher companion guide, and other items that can be used by the child and/or their classmates. All kits are sent out at no cost to families or hospitals. Visit the Monkey In My Chair website for more information.
College Scholarships for Survivors
‘Tis the season for scholarship applications. The NCCS’ Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program awards $3,500 scholarships to 40 survivors of childhood cancer each academic year. They are accepting applications now; due date March 31. Click here for more information.