As a current Child Life Intern with StudentsCare I am lucky enough to be apart of an organization that aligns with my passion to develop lasting relationships with the children and their families, through therapeutic support during difficult times.
My heart grew to serve children and their families after volunteering with Camp Quality, a camp that let's kids with cancer be kids again! We provide a week full of activities letting the kids be free of cancer for the week. Your support can bring that same idea of letting kids be free of their hospitalization through our Hospital Buddy Program. Students across America are serving as "Buddies" to hospitalized children providing therapeutic support by committing to volunteer during the child's entire hospital stay. Whether that be by throwing "End-of-Chemo" celebrations or being there day-to-day to play, making a lasting connection to that child and their family!
I am pursing a career as a Child Life Specialist as an undergraduate at Kansas State University.
In my position I am partnering with the StudentsCare St. Louis University Chapter to raise $5,000. Not only provide financial support to our student volunteers but more importantly bring smiles to hospitalized children.
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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.