I have been a part of StudentsCare for a year and a half now, and it has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences I could have ever asked for. As an aspiring medical professional, I knew that I wanted to volunteer with an organization that directly impacts the lives of hospitalized children. Wtih StudentsCare, I got just that. I've always wanted to work with children, due to their innocent nature and pure joy of life. I truly believe that if we viewed the world the same way children do, it would impact us for the better.
One of the greatest joys of being President of the St. Louis chapter is knowing that you, in coordination with the national team, are the direct connection between volunteers and these kids. You are on the front lines for bringing opportunities to passionate college students looking to make a difference in someone's life. I have truly witnessed the beautiful souls of all the volunteers on our St. Louis team. The kids always look forward to their visits every week! Our efforts have brought countless smiles to so many kids. From birthday parties, to tutoring lessons, and even crafts projects! With this fundraiser, we would like to reach our goal of $5,000 per chapter in order to better support our volunteers and the children we impact.
StudentsCare changes lives. Through your contribution, we can continue to reach more children and their families battling cancer. Please take the time to donate today.
If I reach my $700 goal by January 5th 2017 I will personally sponsor a child through Wigs for Kids for an entire year! This will provide a child with hair replacement products, services, and support for an entire year at NO COST to the family!
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Did you know that just this year, 40,000 will be treated for cancer in the U.S? That's 40,000 children who will undergo long hospital stays and brutal treamtments.
The effects of long-term illness on children are far from just physical. While many people are aware of the ravaging physical toll long-term illnesses take on the body, there are very few interventions that specifically address the psychological and emotional effects. The American Psychological Association found that children battling long-term illnesses, like cancer, also face long-term social, emotional, and behavioral challenges as a result.
Our student Hospital Buddies commit to spending a minimum of 3 hours a week with children in long-term hospital care. Buddies assemble care kits with items that bring children comfort. They create personalized photo books so families can commemorate special events, even in the hospital. They create decorative door signs that help normalize the hospital environment for children. They celebrate birthdays, end-of-chemo parties, and holidays.
So far, 75 StudentsCare volunteers have provided support to over 800 patients and families, totaling over 20,000 volunteer hours. Additionally, 530 students are currently on the waiting list to become volunteers.
By giving this holiday season, you can help us reach our $25,000 goal so we can get these students off the waitlist and into hospitals where their support is needed most.
Give $15 to bring a smile to a child in the hospital
Each dollar brings more smiles to kids when they need it most!
Give $50 to train a buddy for a child
$50 helps cover the costs of training and support for our student-volunteers.
Give $100 to help a child celebrate "End-of-Chemo" in style
$100 gives a child a party they will remember forever!
Together, we can improve the hospital experience for kids.