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- This project was huge for me – my kids have the joint legacy of a mother who survived cancer and a grandfather they never met because of cancer. I want them to see that there is hope for the future, and that there is always a way to make a difference.
- I wanted my child to be a part of this special project as it was a good way to introduce to her the fact that her grandfather has cancer but that we always have hope. Teaching her the importance of giving to others and understanding that we don’t always have to give big to make a difference. Just bringing a smile to someone’s face is sometimes the most important thing. 🙂
- My son and I made our project for my dad, a two time cancer survivor. For me, it was about bringing joy to my dad through something his grandson’s hands created.
- My children are grown now, but the project was still very special to me. I loved creating something other parents could do with their children for young cancer patients. Both my parents are cancer survivors, and I wanted to participate in honor of them and in gratitude to the American Cancer Society. My parents were very moved to receive the gift of the print book I ordered for them. My mom plans to make my project, a butterfly counting book, with her great-grandkids!
- I wanted JDaniel to help create something that would be a gift and a wonderful place to hold cards he would create for others.
- I lost a very dear one to cancer. This project gave me an opportunity to remember her and share her little story with my daughter.
- I embrace any opportunity to sit and chat with my girls about my mother, who passed away 3 years ago from colon cancer. This project gave us a chance to dive into a creative project that reflected my mom’s and my daughters’ love of books. I also loved switching our perspective and focusing on cancer survivorship.
- I lost my Dad to cancer last year so I was on board as soon as MaryAnne announced her idea for the project. Last year was a very stressful and confusing time for my son with lots of visits to the hospital and then losing his “Opa” so this was a chance to do something hopeful and positive together.
- I felt drawn to this project because of the way cancer has impacted both mine and my husband’s life (a story I didn’t share). I also am very inspired by MaryAnne’s story and her idea for this project. The name alone is an inspiration.
- My grandfather passed away from cancer just a few months before my first child was born. I try to make him as much a part of their lives as possible, each one of them named after him in some way. We talk often of him and at night before bed discuss what good & bad things he may have seen us do that day and what we can do better tomorrow to make sure he’s sees more good than bad. My children are still young and have a difficult time grasping the gravity of something like cancer, but they can easily understand how helping others makes people happy, how gratifying it is to create something that makes others smile. How if someone is sick or hurting, the right thing to do is to help, however you can. It feels good to them to know their guardian angel is up there, smiling down on them when they do good deeds like these.
For me one of the reasons I decided to participate in the project is that I’ve wanted to find something for many of my friends who are going through cancer themselves, their spouses, their parents and a child. As I reach out to them I wanted to find something for their children to give them power and control of their temporary situation. I found that this project can be a part of that support.
If news comes that a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer we look for ways of helping, especially when it’s a parent or family member we are concerned about how it will impact the children involved too. I encourage you to think about sending this book with the craft materials needed for a few of the projects to a family going through cancer treatments. The projects in Small Hands Creating Hope have been created from very simple art supplies that fit into a family budget. Imagination Soup even shared how Art Therapy can be a great way to help a child through the emotions they are feeling during this challenging time. So we’re sending a few books as LOVE BOOKS package to our friends to inspire HOPE in their homes. Just a simple way to give a child and family the tools to create HOPE, it just might be special thing the need during this time.