Friday, January 27, 2012

Childhood Cancer Supporters

There are always great things going on to support childhood cancer.
It is wonderful to see the good others in this world are doing.
As always, feel free to share these with your friends!
LEGO friends event at Toys "R" Us Stores
Saturday, Feb. 4th

This special event being held at Toys"R"Us stores across the country lets you experience the brand new building craze, LEGO® Friends, and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) in the fight against childhood cancer! LEGO will hold an exclusive event at participating Toys”R”Us stores on Saturday, February 4 from 12 to 2 pm, where children can create a complimentary LEGO Friends lemonade stand to take home. For each stand built, The LEGO Group will donate $1 to ALSF*!

*Up to $10,000 to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Limit one per child, quantities are limited.
To support CureSearch
25 Limited Edition Skinny Cow Candy Bowls
for sale on Ebay until Feb. 5
100% of proceeds support CureSearch

Bowl details:
10’ ceramic Skinny Cow Candy Bowl
Bowls are individually marked 1-25
Designed in collaboration with Sarah and Ingrid Harbaugh, sisters-in-law and wives of legendary pro football coaches
Bottoms up, ladies! This bowl is bottomless and includes a year’s supply of Skinny Cow Candy
Bid HERE on Ebay!
The CureSearch site now has a section titled
"School Support"
that covers practical suggestions for parents, teachers, school administrators, and classmates in keeping the cancer child involved in school.  There are sections on Guidance for Parents, Guidance for School Personnel, and Learning Problems During or After Treatment.

Gold The New Pink Awareness Products
100% of proceeds go to support CureSearch
Until Jan. 27th use this code: 15WINTERSALE
to get 15% off

GOLD: The New Pink! exists to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. These products give you an easy way to spark conversations with the people you meet every day. Show your support for our kids with these items and spread the word! In addition, 100% of the proceeds from your purchase go directly to CureSearch.
I got this awesome bumper sticker and customized iphone cover!

CLICK HERE to shop!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Stuck Having Fun - things to do inside with a low ANC

Have you ever been stuck inside for days on end with your cancer cutie who is completely bored? 

Enjoy this list of ideas from experienced cancer moms:

*Get a big box.  Write "Stuck Having Fun" on it and fill it with things to do when your cutie is stuck inside the house.  Some ideas: A dollar store swim floaty for swimming in the tub.  A strobe light for dance parties, getting exercise, and releasing energy.  Painting and art supplies, coloring books, recipes and box mixes for playing chef, and duck food for and outdoor get-a-way. -Lea S.

*Get the wigs, turn on the tunes, and show off your dance moves. -Chelsea C.

 One of our cancer cuties doing some dance moves while being stuck inside.

*A Movie Night complete with setting up a concession stand and theater. -Lea S.

*A picnic in the backyard or on the kitchen floor. -Lea S.

*Hot glue magnets to pom poms and stick them on a cookie sheet to create different shapes and pictures. - Chelsie Y.

*Glue pennies onto a pair of shoes to make tap shoes (this would go nicely with the earlier strobe light idea) - Chelsie Y.

*Have your child make pictures or cards for their friends so that they still feel connected to their friends while they are unable to see them. -Chelsie Y.

*Make a tent in the living room and do a pretend camp -Kcee A.

*A camping trip at home.  Fishing in the bathtub and an indoor fire (flammable gel can in a bucket of rocks) to roast marshmallows, and a foam dodge-ball set. -Amy J.

*Make mundane tasks fun.  When doing the housework make it into a game, folding towels and sorting socks can bring some fun together time and you'll get your housework done. -Melissa A.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Door Sign To Welcome Healthy Visitors

We all have friends, neighbors, and family who want to support us and visit our cancer kiddos.  One tricky situation though is when someone shows up at your door with a sniffly nose or a hacking cough and doesn't think twice that they could get your child sick.  What do you say?  Do you have the guts to tell them they cannot enter your home?  Here's a simple solution:

Dani P. had a great idea by making a sign that would kindly get the point across. 
We all love visitors, but they need to be healthy ones.

Another great idea to post on your door:
a poem written by Lea S.'s neighbor:

Coughs and sneezes, boogers and germs
None may enter, by no uncertain terms
We want our house to stay clean and germ free
So help us out by following steps 1 through 3
1-Sanitize your hands every cranny and nook
2-Cough in your elbow, right in the crook
you followed those steps and now your done
3-So come on in and have some fun!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Megan McNeil "The Will To Survive"

In 2010 I came across a music video that touched my heart.  I wasn't only impressed with the lyrics, but because it was actually written and performed by a cancer patient, Megan McNeil, and other children who were fighting cancer.  Megan was diagnosed with Adrenalcortical Carcinoma Cancer at age 16.  She beat back cancer 3 times, but succumbed to it during her 4th battle on January 28, 2011 at age 20.

Megan McNeil made a difference in this world, she spent much of her time and energy to campaign for childhood cancer.

From Megan's Obituary...

"Megan captured hearts across North America and even overseas for her tireless campaign promoting childhood cancer awareness. She wrote a beautiful song about the childhood cancer journey called “The Will to Survive” that legendary producer Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Nickelback) produced. Emerging star Ryan McMahon arranged the song and provided backup vocals.

Megan and “The Will to Survive” were featured on media outlets across the United States and Canada, with Canada AM naming her campaign one of the best stories of 2010 and CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelley naming her the most inspirational person of the year.

As Megan’s time to depart this earth grew near, she requested that those who love her continue her campaign to end childhood cancer through her song “The Will to Survive.”

As a gesture of remembrance, the family asks anyone wishing to honour Megan to download her song from iTunes and share The Will to Survive video on YouTube with those they treasure. Funds raised by downloads of Megan’s song benefit BCCCPA (British Columbia Children Cancer Parents' Association) and The James Fund."

Read more about Megan McNeil