Child Name: Luke
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: November 2016
1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
March 22, 2016
2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Cancer makes you appreciate the little things and truly value each moment. The mall things do not bother us.
3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Keeping Luke happy and positive and making sure he still enjoys being a 5-year-old child.
4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Staying normal and connected to the lives we led before the diagnosis. Exercise keeps us healthy.
5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Being able to enjoy doing things as a family. Being apart while at the hospital is hard on us.
6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Camp Scholarships Program?
It is amazing and overwhelming the support we receive. We are beyond grateful for the Helping Hands Fund.
7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Our social worker.
8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
We are not the first or the last family to be affected by pediatric cancer. Our circumstance is unique to us as you never think it will happen.
CCRF Champion Spotlight: Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is proud to announce a new partnership with the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lindback Foundation has sponsored CCRF’s three valuable core programs: Bear-Able Gifts, the Helping Hands Fund, and the Camp Scholarship program. With the grant from the Lindback Foundation, CCRF will be able to provide gifts for children in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer, provide their families with financial assistance during this most trying of times, or send those children to camp when they have achieved remission.
The Lindback Foundation was established in through the generosity of Christian R. Lindback, as a testamentary gift. Mr. Lindback was the president and principal owner of the well-known Philadelphia-area company, Abbotts Dairy, in business for 108 years, until 1984. The Foundation, named for Mr. Lindback and his wife, Mary, focuses on both education and other charitable services provided to Philadelphians in need.
Headquartered in New Oxford, PA, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); the Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 16,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.
New Oxford, PA — December 7, 2016 —The continued generosity of individuals and corporations across the United States has allowed the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) Bear-Able Gift Program, to put smiles on the faces of children living with cancer. Those smiles help to make the life of a child with cancer more bearable and hopeful, while receiving treatment.
During the 4th quarter, the Bear-Able Gift Program delivered 12,293 toys and gifts to 51 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 4,435 children living with cancer. Volunteers from Verber Family Dentistry, Mount St. Mary's University, and GFWC Mechanicsburg assisted the CCRF staff in packing and shipping each Bear-Able Gift!
The Bear-Able Gift Program distributes items such as games, toys, crayons, coloring books, video games, puzzles, books and teddy bears — all kinds of things that make children smile — to hospitals and oncology centers across the country. The program makes CCRF the largest supplier of gifts to children in North America who have cancer. It relies solely on donations of new and unwrapped toys.
There are a number of ways in which individuals and businesses can help support CCRF’s Bear-Able Gift Program; they include sponsoring a toy drive or raising or donating funds. For more information, please visit www.childrenscancerrecovery.org/programs/bearable-gifts/, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW OXFORD, PA - Many children and their families will spend the holidays in the hospital fighting the battle against cancer. In our continued efforts to bring hope and joy to the pediatric cancer patients, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) will host holiday toy drives with WINK 104 and NASH FM 106.7 at the Capital City Mall, and HOT 93.5 at the Harrisburg and Hanover locations of the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.
On Friday, December 2, WINK 104 will hold a holiday toy drive to benefit CCRF that delivers toys to more than 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer across the nation. The drive will be held at Capital City mall in Camp Hill, PA from 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sue Campbell from the morning show will broadcast from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Hollywood Heffelfinger will take over from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.! Stop to show your support for children battling cancer this holiday season, and enter for your chance to win TSO tickets!
NASH FM 106.7 is partnering with CCRF to hold a holiday toy drive on Friday, December 9 at the Capital City Mall in Camp Hill, PA. We are excited to have NASH FM 106.7’s on-air personality Chachi broadcast live at the Capital City Mall from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop to show your support for children battling cancer this holiday season, and enter for your chance to win concert tickets!
For the first time, HOT 93.5 will be partnering with CCRF on Friday, December 16th to host a holiday toy drive at Ollie’s Bargain outlet in Harrisburg and Hanover from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Donations of new and unwrapped toys will be accepted at all locations and will all go to children battling cancer. Stop by one of our holiday toy drives with anything ranging from new art supplies, DVDs, puzzles, board games, Legos, coloring books, craft kits, books, and so much more. The simple act of making a donation at one of our three toy drives will make many children’s days so much better.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Inc. has hosted toy drives for the past FOUR years. This will be our first year holding toy drives at the Capital City Mall and we are looking forward to breaking last year’s records with the addition of our new location! Through the support of businesses like Ollie’s and the Capital City Mall, we have been able to deliver more toys and smiles to children battling cancer than ever before!
To learn more about the programs and services offered by CCRF, visit childrenscancerrecovery.org and check out our Central Pennsylvania map that shows area businesses that are also hosting toy drives where you can stop by and drop off a toy. You can also email email@example.com for more information on how to get involved.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S CANCER RECOVERY FOUNDATION
Founded by a stage IV lung cancer survivor in 1990, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) is an IRS recognized 501(c) (3) charitable organization, serving children under age 18. With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the Foundation directly helped more than 16,000 children affected by cancer in 2015.
To stay up-to-date with CCRF, visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org and subscribe to the monthly email newsletter.
We want answers
Chad Barrett, Expedition for Hope
We want answers to why floods come and destroy families’ livelihoods.
We want answers to why people get hurt or die in car crashes.
We want answers to why homes get invaded and robbed.
We want answers to why children get cancer.
We want answers so we can approve our suffering. We want to know the reasons so we can say, “OK, I understand now. I’ll allow this to continue.”
Or, so we could say, “Just as I thought—this is unfair, and I don’t approve, and I demand this to stop.”
That’s why we tell God to answer our questions about life’s struggles. What should we do when life feels hopeless? That answer can be said in one word: perspective.
My Kristina died June 21, 2014. She had just turned 12 years old. I miss her every God-given day. And I wanted answers. My life felt hopeless for a while, or at the least, helpless! But something changed in me. I got to a point where I finally told God, “I don’t have to know the reasons why anymore. I know You, and I trust you.” Because God wouldn’t tell me those reasons.
My perspective changed. It turned to trust.
Perspective. It’s a life-changing word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
We often come up with our own conclusions regarding life troubles based on our own understanding. And when/if we’re wrong, it often gets us into more trouble. More hurt. More heartache. This verse says to not rely on your own understanding, but to trust in the Lord.
Check out Hebrews 12:2, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus knew there would be an abundance of joy before Him, but He had to endure the cross first.
Joy via pain.
And Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait on the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Tired of it all? Sickened? Yeah, I get it. This verse says we can gain new strength, but ONLY if we wait on the Lord.
Wait and see.
Strength will come.
The perspective we need is to trust. It’s hard to trust when we don’t know what’s going on, or if we don’t know what the outcome will be. But either He is God, or He is not.
To trust means to change one’s perspective. And when one's perspective changes, everything else in life changes, too.
For the better!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chad is the Connection Pastor at Kingwood Bible Church in Kingwood, TX–suburb of Houston. He's a family man, loves Jesus, loves people, and loves adventure. Chad's Expedition for Hope, which benefits Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation, is in honor of his daughter, Kristina, who battled cancer for 4 years and passed away June 21, 2014. Kristina loved giving hope and happiness to people even despite her own suffering. Now Chad wants to carry on her legacy!
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