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CCRF Wraps Up 2017 Toy Shipments

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New Oxford, PA — November 27, 2017 —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 5,028 toys and gifts to 26 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 2,465 children living with cancer. Volunteers from GFWC Mechanicsburg and Girl Scout Troop 80093 assisted the CCRF staff in packing and shipping each Bear-Able Gift!

This most recent toy shipment wrapped up the 2017 Bear-Able Gifts toy shipments. With the help of volunteers, CCRF sent a total of 28,333 toys to 10,685 children in 2017!

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. To sponsor your own toy drive, visit www.childrenscancerrecovery.org/get-involved/sponsor-a-toy-drive. If you would like to donate to CCRF's Bear-Able Gifts Program, please visit www.give-ccrf.networkforgood.com. For more information contact us at childrens@cancerrecovery.org



Connor’s Story

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Our story begins like so many others, just a normal day, December 5th my boys playing together when Connor starts to say his stomach hurts. He lays down and so begins two days of his stomach hurting. A trip to the doctor and two trips to the ER. All doctors seemed to be confident it wasn’t his appendix, which was also my concern. On December 7th around 11 PM he woke up screaming, “It hurts so bad mommy.” I quickly rushed him to the ER for the 2nd time. This time a wonderful doctor listened to me and around 3 in the morning he had an IV in and had a CT scan done. A few hours later she came in to tell me they found a large mass on his liver and an ambulance was on its way to rush us to Hershey Medical Center. My heart still sinks when I think of that moment. I held in my crying as much as possible because he was watching me, so sweet and tired and in pain wondering why I was crying. I told him I was just tired. My husband rushed to see us before we left for Hershey, my mom rushed down from Clarion. Family friends helped with our other boys.

We arrived at Hershey and no time was wasted. He had a second CT scan. No less than 8 surgeons, oncologists, and med students surrounded us to tell us he had a tumor on his liver and would be having a 7-hour surgery the next day. One of my brothers arrived and we spent the day playing with Connor trying to not upset him. I remember clearly that we didn’t have anything for Connor because we left from the hospital so they gave him the Spider Man jammies. At 11:00 that night him and I sitting in the quiet hospital room and he looks at me and whispers, “Mommy when I grow up I am going to be Spider Man.” I just remember holding back my tears and thinking, yes, you have to grow up.

The next day he had surgery. Seven long hours and he would spend the next 10 days in the hospital. You don’t know the anguish of seeing tubes sticking out of your child, seeing his perfect belly, now with a permanent scar.

Connor recovered from this surgery while we waited for the pathology reports to determine if he would need chemotherapy. They came back, Hepatoblastoma, yes he would need chemo. New Year’s Eve he had surgery to place a port in his chest and began chemotherapy. Four cycles of chemo over the next few months would lead to hair loss and permanent hearing loss. He now wears hearing aids. Through it all the outpouring of support from communities and charities we had never heard of before helped to lighten our load and let us focus on his health.

I am happy to report today Connor is 2 and ½ years cancer free!

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is the leading disease killer among children in the United States with 1 in 5 children diagnosed not surviving. Despite these statistics, the FDA has approved only three new cancer treatments for children in the last 20 years. In order to have a world without childhood cancer, there needs to be more funding for research. More research will ensure better treatments for children fighting cancer and fewer children having to battle this terrible disease each year.



6,000 Toys Sent to Children in the Hospital

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New Oxford, PA — August 31, 2017 —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 6,499 toys and gifts to 32 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 2,460 children living with cancer. Volunteers from the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover 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.

“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

 



Verity’s Story

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Child Name: Verity
Diagnosis: Medulloblastoma
State: KY
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: October 2016

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
July 25, 2016

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Positive – We have seen humanity’s greatest qualities: love, courage, and compassion.
Negative – Suffering and sickness are hard to see/endure. Family separation, for a time, was really hard.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
The first and greatest struggle as parents was deciding on the best treatment option and center. For our child, nutrition has been the greatest. Vomiting, dehydration, and fatigue are all culprits. A G-tube has really helped.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
By receiving support from family and friends, we know that Verity is being prayed for, is loved, and not alone. Even organizations, like Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, that do not even know us personally, show care and concern. Our faith has gotten us through.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
The simple, ordinary things in life. Being able to share our journey together, experiencing the good and the bad, is joy in and of itself. Sometimes that may be finding humor in an experience, appreciating the blessings of today, or holding each other’s hands during a hard time.

6. How was your family impacted when chosen to receive help from our Helping Hands Fund?
We were relieved of some of our lodging costs during our stay in Boston.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Social worker at MGH.

 



Ciocca Honda Holds Toy Drive

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NEW OXFORD, PA - From June 12th to June 17th, Ciocca Honda in Harrisburg, PA held a toy drive to benefit Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation's (CCRF) Bear-Able Gifts program. The toy drive was part of their Team Honda Week of Service. 

CCRF ships to a network of 215+ hospitals each quarter of the year. The Bear-Able Gifts program is in place to bring hope and joy to pediatric cancer patients and their families while they are fighting cancer in the hospital. CCRF holds annual toy drives with WINK 104 and NASH FM around the holiday season to replenish the toy warehouse after a whole year of shipments. However, by holding toy drives throughout the year, we can have a wide variety of toys to ship each quarter. 

Team Honda was able to collect 299 toys valued at $3,500 throughout the week. With this donation, CCRF will be able to send toys to 100 children in hospitals across the country. Customers that donated were entered to win a 4-pack of tickets to Hershey Park and/or Knoebels. On Saturday, July 17, Honda held a cookout to thank their customers and NASH FM broadcasted live from the dealership. 

This was the first toy drive Ciocca Honda hosted with CCRF and it was quite the success! We look forward to working with Ciocca for future toy drives and fundraisers. Thanks to Ciocca's toy drive we will be 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 childrens@cancerrecovery.org 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 2016.

To stay up-to-date with CCRF, visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org and subscribe to the monthly email newsletter.