Organizations Give Gifts to Boost Morale of Cancer Patients
While it is easy to become distraught from the sadness and pain surrounding cancer, many have set out to bring some joy to this difficult situation. One way to bring smiles to cancer patients? Gifts! Anyone looking to give back can be inspired by the following stories about gift-giving.
Cancer brings with it a great deal of depression and heartache for the patient and their family members, but there are many people in the world who have set out to put smiles back on the faces of these patients. One of the ways they’ve gone about this is through gifting. Below are a few stories of kindness that can inspire you to give:
- Subaru from America, along with LLS, came together to help the Christus Spohn Cancer Center, which is situated in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They brought blankets as well as craft kits for the patients at the Center to make them feel warm and give them a fun activity to keep them engaged while they receive chemotherapy.
- Dylan Probe is a 10-year-old girl battling cancer, due to which she lost one of her legs. Previously, she had received a donated American girl doll that had a prosthetic leg. Of late, though, she got another gift from a stranger who gave Dylan a three-wheeled toy power wheelchair to enjoy while she waits to get her prosthetics. The individual who donated the wheelchair wished to remain anonymous, but he did say that his grandson suffered from this condition, so he knew how much this toy power chair could help her. Currently, Dylan is in love with her new toy and she moves around more freely as opposed to earlier when she would get tired pushing her manual wheelchair.
- Cincinnati Red’s player Joey Votto met young Walter Herbert through the Make-A-Wish foundation when Walter wished for some bubblegum while attending a Red’s game. Votto took him to the Red’s clubhouse and gave him gum along with a baseball bat. They also took a picture together so that Walter could always remember that day of fun. The gesture was a pleasant surprise for Walter as well as his parents.
- Deb Bovee, along with a few of her family members, visited a Cancer Center, bringing with them some goodies: bags filled with snacks as well as personal items for the patients to enjoy while they underwent their chemotherapy. The family’s main goal was to brighten their day and also to teach Deb’s grandsons about what it means to give love and care to others without expecting to get anything in return.
- Olivia Newton-John is also facing breast cancer for a second time. She is rocking it this time, though, giving life no opportunity to keep her down. She has begun her cancer journey and is still performing at concerts. She also expresses gratitude to her fans, who are always sending her well wishes and cards. At one point, a stranger by the name of Byron Witham brought some flowers along with a heartwarming note written just for her. When Olivia received it, she was very touched and mentioned his name in a “thank you” speech in front of her whole audience.
These stories show that it doesn’t matter whether the cancer patient is your family member, your neighbor, or a celebrity; it is always good to give an extra boost of encouragement to those battling cancer.