Empowering young people to make a difference and spread hope!
Students can be Chemo Buddies too! Although they can't volunteer in the actual treatment room, they can participate in our "Student Buddies," program by supporting our patients with their good wishes and creative gift giving.
On a patients first day of chemo, they receive a "goody bag," filled with some helpful items they may have forgotten like hand sanitizer, game books, and kleenexes. They also receive a blanket that has been made for them by volunteers. It's our way of giving them an emotional hug on one of the scariest days of their lives.
Students can participate by decorating the outside of the bags, or donating things for inside the bags, by making blankets, or by holding a fundraiser to support this.
We've had such a wonderful collaboration with schools, we've even created a special website just for folks who want to know more about it. Check out Student Buddies.org and explore some of the ways we can collaborate!
We were inspired to start this program by the 5th grade leaders at West Terrace Elementary School. (Read their story here http://mychemobuddies.org/?p=656 and the follow up story here: http://mychemobuddies.org/?p=662 )
After their story was published in the Evansville Courier and Press, other schools reached out to us as well, and a dream was born!
Many times we forget that the ENTIRE family is affected by a cancer diagnosis, and this program will empower our young people to do something to make a difference and spread hope along the way
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS!
Click below to read their stories, or click here to watch the Chemo Buddies video.
Castle High School
Chandler Elementary School (picture below)
Holy Rosary School
Otwell Elementary School (pictured below)
Petersburg Elementary School
Sharon Elementary School
Yankeetown Elementary School