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
Review from Guidestar
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!!
Review from Guidestar
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!