Ideas to Help Patients at Cancer Treatment Centers
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Giving back can take many forms. Here are ideas direct from the
local cancer centers on how you can make a difference in someone's
- From Fox Valley Hematology and Oncology - one popular item that
individuals make to donate are the fleece, no-sew blankets. Their
Education Center in Appleton can be reserved for making blankets or
quilts. Younger crafters can make bracelets and key chains out of
parachute cord, tissue paper flowers, encouragement cards, etc.
Groups can assemble goodie bags filled with candy, chips, tissues,
word search/puzzle books, lip balm, pens, cookies, fun hats, etc.
One volunteer periodically brings in carnations. Handmade cards
from children's Sunday School classes are always a hit. FVHO
scheduled volunteers provide the TLC patients appreciate during
their treatment. They also help with meals, coffee, warm blankets,
pillows, escorting, and sometimes just socializing with the
patients. Contact the volunteer coordinator to help at the center
- Those traveling the cancer journey are often prone to being
cold or feeling chilled. Handmade blankets, quilts and fleece are
always a hit and in demand at all of the area cancer centers
(Ascension, Aurora, FVHO, and ThedaCare).
- Cookies for the cancer patients being treated inpatient and
- Handmade cards of encouragement
- A Daily Thoughts bag - picture two taffeta bags of different
colors. One has a supply of motivational thoughts on tiny cards
that are sealed in envelops. Thoughts would be just little
motivators, thought provokers, encouraging words, etc. Each day the
patient goes to chemo or radiation, they take a note from bag one,
read it, contemplate it during treatment, and then place note in
bag two. It's a way to focus on positive thoughts during treatment
and count down the days - bag two gets full as the treatment ends.
A large card starts the process and includes the instructions. A
large "ending" card proclaims, "Hooray you're done…Come to A Time
To Heal" with the following link provided for more information on
our free cancer survivorship program: /local-support/survivor .
Patients would receive the bag with the correct number of
motivational thoughts to coincide with their treatment and the
cards could be selected randomly - and may even prompt
conversations in the treatment waiting room.
- From The American Cancer Society - volunteer opportunities
abound! Consider coordinating a hat/scarf drive at one of their
local walks like SoleBurner, Relay for Life, or Making Strides.
Contact the local ACS manager for more information - Kim Kinner,
Senior Manager, Hospital Systems, 920-321-1363.
- From ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center - seat cushions are a new
idea and were a big hit with patients who needed a bit more comfort
in their lives. The cushions are a 2'x2' piece of foam covered in a
soft fabric, such as fleece, with the ends tied together much like
a tie blanket.
Do you have ideas to share? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org