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.)
- 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"