During the holiday season, when most families gather to share festive meals and to exchange gifts, our families face the unthinkable.
Give Hope for the Holidays, and bring the holiday spirit to families battling cancer.
What is Hope for the Holidays?
Cancer does not recognize special occasions. This means when the holiday season rolls around, families going through treatment often experience stress rather than excitement. When faced with the financial burden of cancer, families don’t always have the luxury to spend money on warm dinners, gifts, and winter clothes.
Family Reach’s annual Hope for the Holidays program provides financial support to cancer patients and their families so they can enjoy the holiday essentials that most of us take for granted. We’re looking for generous donors who are interested in making a tangible impact! Thank you.
If you are a family looking for Hope for the Holidays assistance, please have your hospital social worker contact Family Reach directly to determine eligibility.
A Hope for the Holidays Family Story
Paisley is a spunky 3-year-old girl who loves to dance, cheerlead, and play with her 6-year-old brother Logan. In October of 2018, Paisley’s carefree childhood was interrupted: She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
“My daughter needed me and that’s right where I was going to be,” says mom Kristen after she quit her job due to Paisley’s intense treatment needs. “My husband was working full time and even though I assumed we would struggle, I figured we could make it work.”
Shortly after Paisley’s diagnosis, a second unimaginable and unexpected tragedy struck when her dad passed away. “We went from being a two income family to a zero income family,” says Kristen. With no money coming in, and bills for everyday necessities like groceries, mortgage, electricity, and gas for transportation to the hospital piling up, Kristen struggled to keep her family afloat.