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Isabella’s Story

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isabella_polaroidChild Name: Isabella
Age: 6
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
State: MA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: August 2016

 1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
January 2016

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Negatively because all of us suffer with her. Life, as it was, is no more. Your child looks to you for help. I can’t help. We live in fear every second of every day. We live with “what if?” The bond with my other kids is slowly dying because my life revolves around my daughter. I can’t work so I can’t pay bills. Positively, we no longer worry about the small things, you learn who your true friends are, and there are good life lessons to teach the kids.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
We can’t go anywhere or be around other people. She is always sick and can’t be a kid anymore. Hospital stays are the worst for us all. My fiancé and I have 8 kids together. From 8 months to 21 years old. Being away from them is very hard.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We are still mentally and emotionally sick.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Isabella’s joy is her baby brother, Isaac. He is a joy for all of us!

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Helping Hands Fund?
This was a huge help! It's so hard to pay bills because I can only work part time and even with that I miss work when she is sick.

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.
All children with cancer are unique! My daughter is my HERO!



Everyone Wants Hope

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Everyone Wants Hope - by Chad Barrett - Expedition for Hope

Everyone wants hope.

It’s a funny word, though. In our culture, “hope” is uncertain. It’s an anticipation of what could happen, if…

Only if…

Everyone suffers.
It’s a common thing, though. Pain is pain.
We sometimes compare our painful sufferings with others—and we shouldn’t. Each person’s suffering is unique to him or her.

When the car crashes, when the job is lost, or when our loved one is diagnosed with a terminal disease, we experience pain and our present idea of hope seems transparent.
Doesn’t it?
It fades until you can see right through it, and so it seems fake as it is fleeting.
You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?

And our thoughts of hope tease us with bits of weak anticipation. Voices are heard near and far—voices that tell you to grab onto hope and don’t let go.
But then sometimes it lets you go.

So suffering people hope for something. And we set our minds on anticipating what could be?
Really?
That’s enough for us?
To look forward to something good that may or may not happen?

No. We really long for something more.
More than weak anticipation, we long for solid expectation.
During our times of suffering, we should not waste all our emotions on something good that may not come our way to relieve our pain.

Our deepest desires for relief, for comfort, for laughter, for joy, for peace…

Our deepest desire to know that no matter how bad this hurts, we’ll be OK…

Our deepest desires for these things can actually be realized. And it’s not anticipation of something good that may not happen.

It is the expectation of certain things that are promised to come true.

This is what the Bible calls hope.
God’s hope is certain—never failing.
The hope He offers is never overcome by even the most terrible form of suffering.

I’m experiencing that hope, though I lost my little girl to cancer 2 years ago. You can have this hope, too.

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” - Romans 5:5

Life is an expedition.
God is real.
You have permission to hope for the best!

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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Toys Sent to More Than 4,000 Children During Q3 Toy Shipment

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Harrisburg, PA — August 31, 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 3rd quarter, the Bear-Able Gift Program delivered 12,015 toys and gifts to 43 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 4,005 children living with cancer. Volunteers from Renewal by Andersen of Central PA, NRG Energy, and Graphtech 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.

“The continued generosity of individuals and corporations throughout the country is helping put smiles on the faces of boys and girls bravely battling cancer,” said Greg Anderson, founder of Harrisburg, PA-based CCRF. “That support has enabled us to continue to increase the number of children we touch through our Bear-Able gifts program, and for that, we are deeply appreciative.”

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 childrens@cancerrecovery.org

 

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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7 Ways to Raise Awareness and Funds for Childhood Cancer

1. Wear Gold. Wearing gold during the month of September (or any month) is an easy way to spread awareness about childhood cancer. The gold ribbon represents childhood cancer and all of those affected by the disease.

2. Educate Yourself and Others. Educate yourself with some childhood cancer facts and then share them with your friends and family.

3. Share Your Story. Share your story with others by clicking “Share Your Story” under the Get Involved tab. Everyone’s story is special and it’s another way to spread awareness about childhood cancer!

4. Share CCRF Posts. Follow CCRF on social media and share the posts you find interesting or that your friends would enjoy! Encourage your family and friends to follow CCRF on social media too!

5. Host a Toy Drive. Host a toy drive during the month of September to help put a smile on a child’s face battling cancer in the hospital! All toys collected will be sent out during the Q4 toy shipment.

6. Hold a Penny War. There are plenty of fun ways to fundraise for CCRF! A penny war is a great way to get everyone involved in some friendly competition while raising funds to help children battling cancer.

7. Give a Donation. By donating to CCRF you can help pay the utility bill of a family who’s child is facing a cancer diagnosis, send a child in remission to camp, or help send thousands of toys to children across the country.



Callan’s Story

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Child Name: CallanCallan_Polaroid
Age: 3
Diagnosis: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
State: LA
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: July 2016

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
December 20, 2015

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Our child’s diagnosis has affected every single aspect of our lives. Together we live with a disease that threatens to silence a child’s laughter, to dim the brightness in his eyes, to remove the warm sunshine from his skin. The threat is terrifying. The reality is that as a family we learned to laugh anyway, to shine anyway, and to enjoy the warm sunshine even if it’s in our imagination. Our beautiful child has cancer, but cancer does not have us.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
Balance. Trying to maintain a balance between spending time with our other child, working, and going to treatment. Also, babysitters are worth their weight in gold.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
A lot of praying.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Spending time together.

6. Have we assisted you through our Programs? If so, how has our assistance impacted your family?
The financial burden is great even with insurance. Assisting with bills makes things easier. Helps to keep us focused instead of worrying.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Through our social worker.

8. Is there something about your circumstance that is unique? If so, please explain.
I’m biased because I’m his mom. He is the kindest, sweetest child. He loves Star Wars. I think he might actually have the force.