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Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc.

About

Help children with cancer by funding pediatric cancer research; caring for the patient and families and their immediate needs; and assisting child oncology programs.

Real Life

Bear Hugs make a difference. Carolina was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2011. Despite her illness, she is a happy 4-year-old little girl, still full of life. In an effort to keep Carolina healthy and germ free, she spends a lot of time at home with her family. Carolina enjoyed watching movies in her bedroom, but when she needed it most, her TV broke and her family could not afford to purchase a new one. For her Bear Hug, Carolina requested a new TV and a DVD player so she could watch her favorite Disney movies. She was SO excited to see her TV and couldn't wait to get home and watch a movie! With tears in her eyes, Carolina's mom hugged and thanked everyone who helped make Carolina's Bear Hug come true. She said, "In a time that is so hard, you have made my Carolina so happy. You have done something that I could not do, thank you."

Thanks to the Empowerment Grant we received from Bear Necessities, we've been able to continue our very successful program, My Comfort Zone. This offers each Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) patient an opportunity to create a wish list of items they would like to have with them during their 4 weeks+ of isolation. One of our success stories is about the lovely Apryl. This 3 year old has been battling cancer most of her young life. We were contacted when they were going to admit Apryl once again for a 2nd BMT. The biggest challenge was that it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep her in her room. We sent this cutie a complete play kitchen, pots & pans, a shopping cart with lots of fake food and a lifetime supply of playdoh. Happily we can