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Nearly 3,000 Children Receive Toys

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New Oxford, PA — May 22, 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 2nd quarter, the Bear-Able Gift Program delivered 8,745 toys and gifts to 32 hospitals across the country to help brighten the lives of 2,915 children living with cancer. Volunteers from a local family, Girl Scout Troop 80093, GFWC Mechanicsburg, and Fulton Bank 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

 



CCRF Sponsors 25 Campers at Camp iHope

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Camp-iHopeANNA, TEXAS – July 25, 2016 - For most children, the summer months are a carefree time filled with joy and laughter; however, for those diagnosed with pediatric cancer, laughter can be a rarity. To restore the hope, faith and happiness of those dealing with pediatric cancer, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) donated $10,000 to Camp iHope, a summer program, located at the Collin County Adventure Camp in Anna, Texas, serving patients at the Medical City Children’s Hospital (MCCH) in Dallas, TX, and their siblings between the ages of 7 and 16. This donation granted 25 children the opportunity to participate in an action-packed, uplifting week of fun and friendship.

In its sixth season, Camp iHope enriched the lives of 118 young cancer patients and their siblings in a week filled with exciting new adventures. The camp exuded a safe, supportive and joyful atmosphere, which allowed children to grow, build independence and self-esteem and create memories that will last a lifetime.

“It gives them a chance to grieve,” said Deb Echtenkamp, pediatric nurse at Medical City Dallas and camp director. “Because children will protect their parents and not always tell them some of the feelings they have bottled up inside. At such a young age they’re facing their own mortality. And they’re thinking about those things.”

Overall, fun outweighed the sadness as children enjoyed the full summer camp experience with activities, such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts & crafts, and even a Jell-O war, while connecting and creating friendships with others who are dealing with the same challenges.

“As far as we’re concerned,” Echtenkamp, said. “Camp is a part of treatment because it gives them that boost to make it through the year.”

Camp iHope was held from June 27th through July 1st. Since 2013, CCRF has been essential in assisting Camp iHope and its growing need to support more campers, which has risen from 69 attendees in 2011 to 118 attendees in 2016. To help support this growth, CCRF has donated a total of $55,000 to the organization, allowing more than 125 children to attend camp over the past four years.

“Summertime should be enjoyable and worry-free for a child. Unfortunately, for children with cancer, doctor’s visits and extensive treatments can be a burden and negatively affect one’s self-esteem,” said Greg Anderson, founder of CCRF. “Camp iHope immerses children into a positive atmosphere, allowing them to forget the hardship of cancer and enjoy this time of year. We were honored and thrilled to be able to grant children the opportunity to participate in this amazing program.”

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, 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.



Janssen Biotech Grants $7,500 to CCRF

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CCRF Champion Spotlight: Janssen Biotech, Inc.Janssen Biotech

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Janssen Biotech, Inc. to improve the lives of children within the Janssen corporate footprint. This includes Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, New Castle county in Delaware, and Camden county in New Jersey.

Janssen Biotech’s charitable contributions are guided by the company’s history and mission. Janssen Biotech has been leading the healthcare/biotechnology field for over 30 years. The company was “built upon a rich legacy of innovative "firsts," [and] pursues innovative solutions in the therapeutic areas of immunology, oncology, and nephrology. With the same unwavering passion for new challenges, [Janssen Biotech] dedicate ourselves to delivering solutions for these disease states where unmet needs continue to exist.” This worthy pursuit dovetails with the purpose of CCRF, resulting in a vitally productive partnership.

Janssen Biotech presented CCRF with a grant of $7,500 to deliver gifts to children receiving treatment for cancer in the hospital through the Bear-Able Gift program. The grant will enable CCRF to deliver over 3,000 toys to hospitals such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, A.I. Dupont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, and Children’s Regional at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, among others.



Daniel’s Story

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Child Name: Daniel
Age: 5
Diagnosis: Leukemia
State: NC
Program: Helping Hands Fund
Date Helped: March 2016

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
In November 2015. I did not quite understand if it was true or what was happening.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Cancer has affected our family in a good way. It brought our family closer in order to succeed Daniel’s treatment.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child’s treatment?
The biggest challenge during Daniel’s treatment is the time it takes and worrying who takes care of him. Also, watching Daniel lose energy and looking different.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
Our family has stayed mentally and emotionally healthy by being there for each other.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family’s life during your child’s treatment?
Everyone has helped so much. A lot of organizations have given Daniel toys and stuff he can enjoy.

6. Have we assisted you through our Programs? If so, how has our assistance impacted your family?
It allowed my family to know that there is help, and allowed us to focus on Daniel without worrying about other things.

7. How did you hear about Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Our family heard about the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation from Daniel’s social worker.



Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas

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Suncatcher Craft

 

Materials Needed:

  • Old T-shirt gift boxes or poster board (red or white)
  • Clear contact paper
  • Leftover tissue paper (pink, white and red)
  • Gift wrapping ribbon (red)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen

Instructions:

  1. Open the gift box and fold it at the corners so that it folds flat. Cut out the shape of a large heart.
  2. Cut another heart out of the inside of that heart and keep cutting until you can't cut out anymore hearts. This way you can have many different sizes of hearts. Match each of these hearts to the other side of the gift box so they are identical.
  3. Roll out the contact paper and lay 1/2 of the hearts on it, good side down.
  4. Cut the tissue paper into squares or let the kids cut them so you have different shapes and sizes.
  5. Place the tissue paper on the contact paper so it is touching or slightly overlapping.
  6. Place a second sheet of contact paper over the top of the tissue paper. Then place the other 1/2 of the heart on top.
  7. Fasten the strings with a dab of glue between the cardboard hearts and glue around the edges of the hearts.
  8. Cut around the hearts to trim the extra paper.
  9. Hang in the window for catching the rays of sun!

Craft by Jennifer from Makobi Scribe.

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Heart Shaped Ninja Turtles Craft

 

Materials Needed:

  • Green, Orange, Red, Purple, Blue, White and Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Sharpie

Instructions:

  1. You or the kids cut a number of green hearts along with strips of colorful paper for the masks. Then cut white and smaller black circles for the eyes.
  2. Start by gluing the masks onto each of the turtles. Then glue smaller strips of paper to the back to represent the masks knots.
  3. Next, glue the white circles, then the smaller black circles for the eyes and your Ninja Turtle is done!

Craft by Housing a Forest.

 

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Valentine's Day Birdfeeders

 

Materials Needed:Birdfeeder

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • String or ribbon to hang

Instructions:

  1. Spray a spoon with cooking spray and then mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Next, spray the inside of your heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray and place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  3. Fill it with the bird seed mixture. Be sure to pack it down.
  4. Once the cookie cutter is full, use a chop stick (or something similar) to make a hole.
  5. Then, holding down the birdseed, pull off the cookie cutter.
  6. Let the birdfeeders firm up overnight, and then they'll be ready to hang outside.

Craft by Lisa from Wine and Glue.