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Thanksgiving Programs for Pediatric Cancer Patients
As next Thursday is Thanksgiving, we found a perfect Thursday program resource to feature!
CURE Childhood Cancer serves Thanksgiving dinner to inpatient families. It is their mission to ensure every family staying in the hospital feels special. At last year’s Thanksgiving dinner the families who were now serving the food, were families who had been in the hospital the previous year.
Here is one families story:
“In 2007, Kevin Kennedy’s son, Joe, was a normal 18-year-old young man. His eyes were set on his Freshman year of college and the exciting journey ahead. However, Joe’s plans were derailed when he received the startling news of a diagnosis of aplastic anemia. The following months were difficult; there were two times during Joe’s treatment that the Kennedy family thought they were going to lose their son. But Joe fought hard, winning his battle and receiving his degree from The University of Alabama. Impacted by his son’s fight, Kevin Kennedy joined CURE’s Board of Directors, and this year his family spent their Thanksgiving at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Together, they picked up a delicious meal donated by Whole Foods Briarcliff and served it to the children and their families who were too sick to go home.”