Friends Like Us

by PJ Mullen on July 15, 2010

in July 2010 Nominees, Spread Your Warmth

Our next nominee for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign is Friends Like Us, a great organization that is focused on helping children devastated by childhood cancer with their Chemo Bear program called “Getting Better Together”.

Friends Like Us provides a child diagnosed with cancer undergoing chemotherapy a customized Chemo Bear with many interactable accessories free of charge. The bears help to visually teach kids about the treatments ahead of them, as well as help them deal with fear and anxiety through their many years of chemotherapy and surgeries.

The teddy bear is a symbol of love, security, comfort and friendship. At any stage of life, teddy bears represent happiness and safety as well as help to cheer us up when feeling lonely or sad. Friends Like Us has chosen the classic, yet loved by everyone, teddy bear to help children through their journey with cancer.

Each year in the U.S. over 12,600 children are newly diagnosed with cancer and 35 – 40,000 are in treatment. With each one of those children diagnosed comes fear, worry and pain. Friends Like Us wants to always be able to put a chemo bear into their hands to help them through their journey. They know that they can’t take away their pain, but they can help with their fear & worry, as well as open up a line of communication with them for the doctors and caregivers.

Friends Like Us is a non profit childhood cancer organization based in Ohio founded by Mark and Deloris Bailey as they were going through the process of treating their son’s leukemia. They designed the Chemo Bear and are working towards the goal of having their Chemo Bear program available in all Children’s Hospitals across the U.S.A.

Thank you to Kathleen Bailey who nominated Friends Like Us for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.

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  • Mark

    Thank you so much :) Everyone…thank you for your votes. We are wanting to help kids with cancer who are in wheel chairs to give them a blanket.

    God bless,
    ~Friends Like Us

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