Swedish Cancer Institute, “Family 1”

by Sheena C.

Last week we shared a message from Sharla S. about our gym adopting two families from the Swedish Cancer Institute via their Holiday Families Program. What does it mean to adopt a family? It means that we choose to help them directly by providing items on their wish list. If you haven’t already seen, we have a sign up sheet at the gym and if you are able to, please sign up to donate an item or two to these two families! We also wanted to share that a monetary donation or gift card(s) are available as items to give. I’m not sure about you guys, but aside from giving birth to a wonderful baby girl this year, 2016 hasn’t been the best year. Let’s end the year right by continuing to embrace each other, give and love more this holiday season*.

Family 1 story:

Family 1 is a family of four. Patient 1 has been in treatment for metastatic breast cancer for many years and is disabled from a leg fracture two years ago due to metastases. Family finances are tight, as they live on her husband’s income alone. The cost of gas, parking and groceries can feel overwhelming at times on top of the long “to do” list for maintaining her health. Patient 1 works hard to be present with her husband and 13 and 20 year old children.


The last day to donate items will be Sunday, December 18th. Please contact Sharla or myself if you have additional questions. Thank you!

*Family 1 has requested not to receive any Christmas related items.