Cindy's Chemo Care Packages for Compass Oncology!

For: Compass Oncology
Portland, OR
Organizer: Sara Franklin
Cindy's Chemo Care Packages for Compass Oncology! (Compass Oncology)
$2,300
of $3,000 goal
76% Complete
Raised by 43 donors

The Story

The inspiration for this project comes from my Aunt who fought ovarian and lung cancer for four years. As a regular patient at Compass Oncology in north Portland, Cindy developed steady relationships with the amazing nurses on staff. One visit, Cindy met a woman who was receiving her first chemotherapy treatment. She noticed that the woman was unprepared for the long visit and, like most first-time cancer patients, nervous and scared. My Aunt went home later that afternoon and put together a care package of treats and activities. She enjoyed putting little gift items together and helping the woman know that she wasn’t alone in her journey (even while her body was suffering from her own treatment). When Cindy went back to Compass Oncology with her care package, the woman was moved to tears by the love and support shown from such a thoughtful gift.

100% of every $1,200 I receive will go toward making 12 quality tote bags for women going through chemotherapy at Compass Oncology. I've already made two dozen bags and will continue putting them together as long as donations still trickle in. 

Here is what each care package includes:

  • Little Bay Root tote bag:locally handcrafted by a close friend of Cindy's (https://littlebayroot.com/)
  • Inspirational quotes: two of my Aunt’s favorite quotes during her treatment (pictured in the gallery)
  • Goat Milk Soap: handcrafted from a local vendor (http://www.boringgoats.com/)
  • Raw snack bars: for something healthy to nibble on during long treatments
  • Puzzle book: for entertainment (Sudoku, crosswords, etc.)
  • Pen 
  • Cozy blanket
  • Sleep mask
  • Silk pillow case: for something soft to use at night when hair starts falling out
  • Lip balm: treatment tends to dry skin out
  • Biotene mouth wash: for dry mouth after treatments
  • Aquaphor healing ointment: the best at healing dry skin
  • Ricola Lemon Ginger Lozenge: to get rid of the metallic taste from treatment
  • Inspirational Coloring Book: for entertainment and inspiration
  • Twistable Colored Pencils: so you don't have to worry about getting them sharpened during treatment
  • Unscented hand sanitizer
  • Green tea
  • Cash (ranges from $25-$35): treatment is expensive, and as my Aunt said, sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra something during this time for "fun money" 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 10, 2015

Posted on October 10, 2015

Last week I dropped off 12 bags at Compass Oncology in NE Portland. It's awesome and comforting to know they will be appreciated by women who are in the same position my Aunt was. Each bag had 19 items (I have pictures on Facebook), including a $25 Visa gift card for some "fun money."  The nurses remembered Aunt Cindy, and said they were very thankful for our generous donation. 

I spent about $1,200 for this first round of bags and have about $550 leftover. I am going to make another set in the winter with the $550 leftover and any extra money I raise between then and now (the YouCaring page will be open until the end of this month). Thank you all who helped in this process! I feel so blessed to be able to spread love where it is needed most.

Posted on August 19, 2015

Posted on August 19, 2015

I continue to be taken aback by the generosity and support with this fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who has helped out! This is incredible. I started ordering supplies for 12 care packages yesterday, and I plan to make another set in the fall with the extra funding that has come through! Pictures to come once I have all the supplies! :)  Thank you to Cindy Lewis for making homemade gift card holders for the Visa gift cards, and to Brian with Little Bay Root for donating 12 Portland tote bags! 

Posted on August 8, 2015

Posted on August 8, 2015

Wow, this is so incredible! Thank you to everyone who has donated and/or shared the fundraiser. It warms my heart to see so much support!

The website requires a financial goal, but it will continue to collect funds even after we've reached the $1,000. I would LOVE to make more than 10 bags! I'll keep the fundraiser going until the site expires in early November with the hope of exceeding $1,000 and creating as many bags as I can for the women at Compass Oncology. 

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