Every Day Ways To Help
There are so many ways you can help a child with cancer and his or her family.
Here are a few tangible, meaningful actions you can take:
- Walk the family's dog
- Mow the lawn
- Gift mom a massage
- Take siblings to the park
- Buy the family movie passes
- Take over carpool duties for a week
- Do the laundry or dry cleaning
- Get friends together to clean the house
- Plant flowers on the porch
- Get the car washed
- Hire a housekeeper once or twice a month
- Donate gas cards
- Host a gift card drive
- Donate restaurant gift certificates
- Hire a handyman for odd jobs around their house
- Buy gift certificates for online and local grocery stores
- Pizza gift certificates
- iTunes gift cards for apps and music while in the hospital
- Start a meal trail
- Educate yourself about cancer
- Treat them like normal people
- Donate to the Tomorrow Fund
It's hard to imagine the impact on an entire family when one child gets a cancer diagnosis.
Schedules explode, child care is disrupted.
Work schedules and commitments often come to a screeching halt so the family can attend to the medical, physical and emotional needs now affecting every member of a household.
It can be challenging for friends, neighbors and even family to know what the "right" thing to do is.
The truth is, there is no "right" thing to do to help.
Any action you take to help out gives a family the opportunity to take a break, unwind for a few precious seconds, and maybe say 'yes' to your kind offer of support.