Teen with a Dream™ is a 501 (c) (3) charity founded specifically to enrich the lives of pediatric cancer patients and the lives of their families by combating the effects of social isolation and loneliness during chemotherapy through specialized social, educational, and financial programs.
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We were inspired by the Huff Post’s blog entitled “44 ways to make the day of someone with cancer”. That is why today we would like to share with you our top ten list of ways to make a cancer patient smile and show them that you care!
More importantly we encourage everyone to take a little time to engage in these simple ways to make a patients day!
Send a quick email, text, or message saying you’re thinking of them
Tell them you love and care about them. Even if they don’t have the energy to respond, your message means a lot.
Gift a good book/magazine.
Since movie theaters are one of the first things you are told to stay away from due to lack of sanitation-offer to bring over a movie rental!
Send a text the next time you’re at the pharmacy to see if they need any prescriptions picked up.
Understand that a cancer patient is likely too overwhelmed to ask what they need; take the initiative by offering specifics, instead of saying, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.”
Remember to still be there a few months after the diagnosis, when it’s not so new anymore. The fanfare will have died down, but your friend will still be struggling and needing logistical and emotional help.
Text or email a silly joke or photo.
Gift a super comfy blanket.
Offer a ride to chemo and keep them company during the treatment. Even better, commit to giving a ride on a regular basis throughout their child’s treatments.