Student Buddies

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)

Cub Scout Pack #374

Evansville Day School, primary grades

Francisco Elementary School

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts Troop #479

Gibson Southern High School Sunshine Girls

Hebron Elementary School After school daycare

Henderson South and North Middle Schools

Holy Rosary School

McGary Middle School

Otwell Elementary School (pictured below)

Oak Hill Middle School

Petersburg Elementary School

Pike Central High School SADD

South Middle School, Henderson

Sharon Elementary School

Stockwell Elementary Girl Scouts Troop #180 

Tekoppel K-Kids Club

West Terrace Elementary School

Yankeetown Elementary School

Young Dairymen

The Youth of St. Lucas UCC (click here to read their story)

 

For more information, contact Jill Kincaid at info@mychemobuddies.com

 

Change jars in every home room at Pike Central raised $450 for Chemo Buddies! Way to go Youth Ambassadors of Hope!

Change jars in every home room at Pike Central raised $450 for Chemo Buddies!

 

 

The bags Girl Scouts made for the back of wheelchairs or walkers.

The bags Girl Scouts made for the back of wheelchairs or walkers.

Bags from Chandler Elementary School.

Bags from Chandler Elementary School.