Thank you to all who donated to this campaign

My son Spencer was diagnosed with leukemia at 13 months of age in June 2022. Going through the experience of being in a hospital with him around the clock while he was in critical condition and starting chemotherapy was extremely challenging, scary and isolating. One of the things that helped remind me to take care of myself, as a caregiver, was receiving a small bag of toiletries during my stay from the hospital staff. This pack of basic toiletries had been donated by another family and I truly appreciated having a few products so I could shower comfortably while missing the comforts of home. Recently while in for an unexpected hospital stay with Spencer I had asked about getting some more shampoo as I'd run out and forgotten to pack more, I was told the packs had run out and there were no funds to replace them. 

This gift inspired me to create a similar care package of essential items to be able to gift to the parent/caregiver of newly diagnosed children at the Kingston General Hospital Children's oncology clinic. My goal is to create enough care packages to give out throughout the coming year, twenty in total. After consulting with other parents of children going through the cancer diagnosis and treatment process we created a wishlist of items that were helpful to have on hand while staying in the hospital. In addition to toiletries like shampoo and conditioner, things like slippers, a journal, reusable water bottle, insulated tumbler, healthy snacks, sleep mask, essential oils for relaxation and stress support...etc. Not only is the gift intended to be useful, but also to alleviate some of the financial burden and unexpected costs that are associated with being away from home. 

I am confident that as a parent having recently gone through this experience, this gesture of care can make a big difference in reducing the feelings of isolation, grief and shock that come with receiving a life changing diagnosis for your child. The journey through cancer treatment and recovery is a long haul, not only for the patient but also the family. I can personally attest to the fact that any support for the caregiver goes a long way.

Your support in this project is appreciated! I am excited to be able to give back to this community after having been through this process recently (and still ongoing!) and felt incredibly supported and loved by those around me. Who knows where this might go one day! 

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think might like to contribute. 

Thank you!

Jackie & Spencer

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- Margaret Mead