Sofia's Hope Newly Diagnosed Family Kits
When a parent receives the news that their child has cancer, they are so overwhelmed they hear very little else that is said during the conversation. The purpose of these kits is to provide these parents with some tools to help them gain some control over their lives as they face their new reality.
The kits contain over 25+ items that I found useful during Sofia’s year of treatment and ones I wished had been given to her when Sofia was first diagnosed. Items include a super soft, plush fleece blanket, games/toys, hand sanitizer products, masks, a journal, pill organizer with pill splitter and crusher, wash cloth with toiletries, hospital cafeteria meal vouchers, a journal and Limitless Medical Logs "Essential Book" to help manage their child's care and much more.
Kits are currently being distributed at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health and UM/Holtz Children’s Hospital. There are almost 200 newly diagnosed children a year across these three hospitals. As you can imagine, in this new age of COVID-19 some of the items included are hard to come by—in particular the hand sanitizers and masks.
We recently jumped at the opportunity to buy 100 hand-stitched reusable masks for $400. Most of these were donated to the hospitals for patients, families and staff, but we held onto 30 or so to keep in stock for the kits. Our goal is to continue to provide these kits without interruption.
Funded by Miami, FL (June 2020)