This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Giving Comfort blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own.
As some of you may know, a family member of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer. It has been a few months now, and we are still at a point where she does not want to talk about it…which means that I still do not know which kind of cancer it is, or how far the cancer has progressed – or how much time they have with us.
As crazy as it sounds, the not knowing is even worse than the fact that she has cancer. Watching her struggle with a myriad of health problems over the past few years: bleeding, clots forming in her legs, having to undergo surgery to place a stint in her leg, blood transfusions – it has been a really difficult period of time for her, and it’s likely to get much, much worse.
I’m fortunate enough that I have never had cancer myself, but from my experiences with friends and family in the past, I know enough about it to know that it is HORRIBLE.
Being that I can’t really talk to her about what she’s going through, the only thing I can do is try to comfort her in other ways: tell her I love her, visit her with Chris and Angeline and just show her that we care about her.
Did you know that more than a million people will be diagnosed in the United States this year? If you think about the current economic state of the nation, it’s understandable that many cancer patients are struggling through treatment, and the horrible side effects of chemotherapy and the like. On top of their high medical bills, many cancer patients are unable to afford items that might make treatment more comfortable.
Giving Comfort, a nonprofit program of the McKesson Foundation, provides patients in need with Comfort Kits.
About Giving Comfort
Giving Comfort, a nonprofit program of the McKesson Foundation, fights cancer with comfort. Working with healthcare partners across the U.S., they help provide cancer patients with Comfort Kits. Filled with soothing and useful items, Comfort Kits reach patients at their time of greatest need – during cancer treatment. One hundred percent of individual donations to Giving Comfort go directly to providing Comfort Kits to patients. Founded in 2012, Giving Comfort has already distributed more than 14,000 Comfort Kits in 33 states. To learn more, visit them at www.givingcomfort.org.
What are Comfort Kits?
Giving Comfort has created such a unique product! Comfort Kits are care packages for cancer patients, and they are full of items that do just that: give comfort. While patients can receive Comfort Kits through a network of partners, like cancer treatment centers, hospitality houses, and support communities, you can also purchase them for a friend or family member through Giving Comfort’s e-store. All proceeds from Comfort Kit purchases go towards those in need!
The Thinking of You Comfort Kit retails for $50.00, and includes a soft, fluffy blanket, a infusion water bottle, lip balm, a Courage Journal, a Get Happy Tea Tin, and a relaxation CD.
While the Thinking of You Comfort Kit is aimed towards Cancer patients, I really think it would make for a thoughtful gift for someone struggling with ANY illness.
You can find out more about Giving Comfort in this YouTube video!
There are Giving Comfort Care Kits for every person, in every budget!
I chose the Thinking of You Comfort Kit, which sells for just $50, but there are more elaborate kits that sell for up to $100 as well.
There’s even a Comfort Kit for caregivers!
For even more information about Giving Comfort and how their Comfort Kits work, check out the Giving Comfort website.
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Do you know someone who is struggling with Cancer? These Giving Comfort Comfort Kits can make a huge difference in someone’s day, and the proceeds go to help even more people!