My name is Mike. My 10 year old son, Boston, was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in early April. Since then, he (we) have been making 3 hour trips from our home to the hospital. The trips aren't too bad since Boston likes to pop in his ear buds and listen to whatever music he has on his ipod. The 4-6 day stays in the small (but spacious as they go) hospital room is what really wears on him emotionally. We tried calling and talking to mom the first few trips, then we progressed to a borrowed ipad to reliably skype. This kept him in touch and he felt a part of the family. But when he wasn't skyping, the ipad didn't get used and the music got old and the same Xbox game was worn out.
Then your group stepped in and gifted him with his very own laptop. His smile, a rarity these days, was enormous when he got to the hospital (after being told he had to endure more chemo when we thought we were done) I nearly cried. He has used it and cared for it a great deal since its arrival. Now he has more games at his disposal, better skype capabilities AND a device that he can use during the coming school year for lessons and corresponding with his teaching staff.
"Thank you" doesn't seem to do justice the gratitude my family feels. You make us feel blessed
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Hi, We are just writing in to thank you for our son's wish basket and gift card. It could have not came in at a better time for him, his hair began falling and was really sad asking if his hair would grow back any time soon.. Our son Gilbert(Jr) had asked us for a couple of Video Games as this is how he passes time while being home, since he cannot attend school like normal boys and girls do to his weakened immune system. We would like to thank you and all your supporters who support this cause of having a child dealing with a life threatening illness/disease. CLF, sure put a big smile and filled our son Gilbert's little heart with Joy. Thank You So Much!!!! Bless You all!!!!
Rocio & Gilbert
My son just received an IPAD from Childhood Leukemia Foundation. It could not have come at a better time. Since he started his treatment, we have not seen one smile...Ugh! When he opened the box and saw the IPAD his face just lit up! As a mother, I am so grateful that others do care about my son. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for my family. Sincerely, Rose Garcia
Dear Ms. Barbara,
I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and the Childhood Leukemia Foundation for the Hugs U Wear wig, the Wish Basket, and the Visa gift card. I got my wig and wish basket with the help of Cindy, the social worker at CHOA. I have enjoyed wearing my wig and I always feel pretty when I wear it. It makes me feel like I have hair again. It was also special because I received my wig and wish basket a week after my birthday. I was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia in 2009 at the age of 7 and in April 2013, I received my bone marrow transplant. Thank you again for sending me these wonderful gifts.
I just wanted to say Thank You so much for the Wish Basket you have my son Mathias. This company has helped to put a smile on my sons face at a time when everything else was in a state of confusion.
My son Mathias is a 11 year old fighting ALL/Philadelphia Plus for the second time.
Mathias was diagnosed on May 2011 and did everything to prepare him for his first transplant (brother donor). He did amazing! 18 months later on February 1, 2013 he had a relapse and our journey started again. He should have been in transplant in April but a day before being admitted they found mass I'm his liver and lung. After two biopsies and waiting it came back as a fungal. Transplant had to be in hold cause to risky to go in with a fungal. We stayed in hospital for three months for treatment. We then were given a two week break to go home (home is 21/2 hours away) and get some family time before our next big journey. Transplant was on August the 15. So far he is doing great. Inclosed is a picture of Mathias at the zoo days before his second transplant, dr gave him permission to enjoy and no limitations!! Zoo is one of his favorite places.
God Bless you CLF!!!
Michelle (Mathias's Mom)
The Child Life Team at Kaiser Permante, Los Angeles would like to express our gratitude for the kind donation of iPads and laptop we received from your wonderful foundation. We are so excited to utilize this technology with our oncology patients. It has helped us in our daily work with the children at Kaiser.
Jagger is an extraordinary little boy. He was diagnosed with b-type ALL leukemia this past November and is actively receiving treatment/chemo. He received his wish basket from you a few weeks ago but didn't feel quite up to going thru it. We both wanted to thank you so very much!! It was a nice thing to have when the last few weeks have rough for him. Thank you again!!
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Thank you so much for all of the wonderful services the Childhood Leukemia Foundation has provided to our families. Working with families in pediatric oncology presents many challenges to us and we have come to rely on CLF to assist us in meeting some of those challenges.
Our kids spend many hours in the hospital and clinic receiving lifesaving therapies; the time can seem endless. The iPad program has been a wonderful addition to our kids as the iPads are used for assisting in their continued education, providing a vehicle for them to stay connected to their peers, and not to be forgotten... providing a fabulous distraction through music, movies and games when appropriate.
The Wish Baskets have also been a wonderful addition to our support services. Our families have many additional expenses with the diagnosis of cancer, many times there is not enough extra financial means to cover those expenses that bring only one thing...comfort and joy. Each family has met the Wish Basket with a genuine smile and "Is this really for me? Wow!"
We cannot thank all of you enough for your dedication, caring and compassion to children and their families journeying through pediatric cancers. We look forward to working with The Childhood Leukemia Foundation for many years to come!
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation donated 2 iPads in 2012 for hospitalized oncology patients at All Childrens Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These iPads are in constant use by patients during their hospitalization. Both patients and parents "love" having the iPads available. The iPads provide a necessary distraction for the minds and spirits of children undergoing chemotherapy or suffering the painful side effects of their therapies.
As a social worker, who contacts numerous foundations on behalf of families, I am very appreciative of the support provided by Childhood Leukemia Foundation. From the Hope Binders to Hugs U Wear to Wish Baskets to iPads, Kim Wetmore is accessible and responsive to needs presented on behalf of our families. Her responsiveness has gone a long, long way in assuaging the anxieties families experience when coping with childhood cancer.
I wish I had more organization such as the Childhood Leukemia Foundation as a resource for the oncology families at All Children's Hospital. The need is great, resources limited. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation is in a category of its own!
On behalf of the pediatric patients of Good Shepherd Hospice, we would like to thank you for your generous donation of iPads and accessories! They will provide much needed distraction and comfort to the children and their families. We are looking forward to helping the children incorporate the iPads into legacy building activities. Thanks to your generous donation we are now able to offer the pediatric patients and their families the chance to create these memory making moments. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you. Your support has helped our child life program to grow in many new ways and it will ensure that the patients remain connected to their family members. May you continue to have great success in all of your projects and endeavors at the Childhood Leukemia Foundation!
We would like to thank the Childhood Leukemia Foundation for the donation of two iPads to the Kids Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of CLF, our young patients now have iPads to help distract them and utilize with visual imagery we do during our procedures. There are a wide variety of educational and therapeutic apps as well as entertaining apps that we can utilize on the iPads which have been very effective in assisting in relieving anxiety for our patients before and during many of the treatments and procedures they must undergo. The iPads have been instrumental in making visits to the hospital a little more entertaining and enjoyable for our young patients. The Kids Cancer Foundation is honored to have been chosen to receive this thoughtful gift that has brought hours of entertainment and laughter (which is something we truly value) to these brave "little warriors". Thanks to the support of organizations like Childhood Leukemia Foundation, we are able to provide hope and support to children and families battling childhood cancer. Little warriors need big heros like the Childhood Leukemia Foundation! We are so grateful for this gift!
We are so thankful for the gift card. Canyun was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor in both kidney six weeks ago and this was just what she needed. We took her to Target to use her gift card and she bought a puppy in a carry case, but she had to get her identical sister Cheyenne a puppy too. Thank you so much for the gift. It really touched us that you passed along love and with that same gift of love we watched our 3 year old share it with her sister. Keep up the amazing work that you do!
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My daughter Chelsea just received a new iPad from your foundation and I cannot say thank you enough!! I wish I could have captured her reaction on video, she was so excited!! Immediately we had to download every game she had ever played on one before, then she realized she could listen to her favorite music and watch movies… :) Later that evening she was able to "see" her brothers for the first time in over a week. They were all so excited as this was the first time they had ever used Skype, and her brothers being 2 & 4 weren't quite sure what to think, but they got used it real quick. They were making silly faces and poking each other, they were playing just as if they were in the room together.
Chelsea had spent the better part of last year in the hospital going through chemotherapy but we were closer to home and the risks weren't as high, so her brothers were able to visit. Now that she has had a bone marrow transplant I’ve decided it's too risky for them to visit, they were all really upset but it just isn't worth the risk. So this was a wonderful surprise to say the least. I just want to thank, you, Childhood Leukemia Foundation and all its donors again for the generous gift and for helping so many families during these difficult times.
Cassi (Chelsea's Mom)
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Hello Childhood Leukemia Foundation,
My name is Mariela and I am an Outpatient Pediatric Oncology Social Worker for Northern California Children's Oncology at Sutter Memorial, Sacramento. I wanted to let you know what an amazing impact you make with offering Hugs-U-Wear to our patients. WOW! You should see their faces when they receive their Hugs-U-Wear and how proudly they wear their hair piece daily. Thank you very much for your assistance, support and dedication to our children.
Also, I received conformation twice for the request found below and I want to make sure only one request was made for this request.
With great appreciation,
Mariela M., MSW
Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Social Worker
I just wanted to let you know that our pediatric cancer patients and their families are so grateful for the Wish Baskets. The children are so excited to get them and so very delighted when they open them up. One mom told me that her son loves the pajamas so much that she has a hard time getting him to put them in the laundry basket. Another mom said her daughter was able to buy the watch she always wanted with the Target gift card. Thank you for all you do!!!
On behalf of the Division of Pediatric Oncology here at Stony Brook, I would like to thank you for providing us with the wonderful Hope Binders. These binders have been a valuable tool used by the staff during our teaching sessions with the families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, one can only imagine how a family's life is turned upside down. Prior to discharge, a structured teaching session is provided with an attempt to develop a new routine for the child and family. The Hope Binder has been and instrumental tool for families. Families are able to categorize all of the information, develop a way to keep track of the treatment and management, organize other important information such school, insurance and finances. The use of the Hope Binder can assist families regain some sense of control. Thank you again for the work you do in helping make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
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We received several phone cards today from your organization. Thank you very much for generous donation. Many of us, who are healthy with healthy children, may take a phone call to a family member for granted. Our families who are here with their children, a call to a loved one may be just what they need to help them through the day. On behalf of the many pediatric bone marrow transplant families that my team serves each day, thank you for the gift and the many other services and resources that your organization provides to our children and families all year long.
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On behalf of the Pediatric Oncology team at Levine Children's Hospital I would like to thank you for your generous donation of a new Apple IPad for our patients and families to use. This donation will enable our families to maintain a communication lifeline to family and friends unable to be with them during the course of a child's hospital stays. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation provides vital resources to all of our pediatric cancer patients through its many programs. The Wish Basket program has brought smiles to many of our children and a smile is a welcomed site to a parent of a child with cancer. The new
IPad will help' families stay connected to the outside world during prolonged visits and will provide entertainment for the children. It will also be utilized to provide education on diagnosis, medications and various procedures. On behalf of the entire Pediatric Oncology
Team at Levine Children's Hospital I say thank you.
Thank you so much for giving our daughter, Juliana, a $50 gift card to Target and a gift basket. Juliana and her mom, Tammy, went to Target today and as you can see Juliana is VERY happy!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
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I would like to express my appreciation on behalf of the patients and families who have benefited from your gifts of Wish Baskets and Hugs U Wear wigs. It has been a joy to watch the children as they anticipate the arrival of their Wish Basket or Hug. They often stick their heads in my office to see if their package has arrived! There is something very fun about getting a special gift in the mail. We have enjoyed the surprises right with the kids. And the quality of the gift is what makes us want to continue using your wonderful program. Thank you for doing so much for the kids in our care!!!
I wanted to thank you once again for all the wonderful programs that C.F.L. offers families. I provide Hope binders to our newly diagnosed families and this has been well received and provides them with a mechanism to keep all their important paperwork organized and some control and assistance with organization during a time of crisis. It has been very well received by our parents.
I also use the hugs u wear program for our younger children who are diagnosed with Leukemia to help them cope with the hair loss when they get started in treatment. The hugs u wear are more comfortable than a wig and your program providing this resource for free it helps the families. Wigs are very costly and alot of families do not have the funds to purchase them. This program has also been a great resource for our families.
Finally, I use your Wish Baskets for our children who have A.M.L. (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) who have long inpatient stays as well as the children who relapse with their Leukemia and have already gotten a wish. The gift baskets have been a wonderful source of joy to these children and their families. They get very excited when they receive the basket and it helps bring something positive to a very difficult situation.
I appreciate all of these wonderful programs and will continue to utilize them to help my patients and families during their treatments. Keep up the great work, it is pleasure working with your staff and program.
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