TOYS FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER began as a dream of Julie Daum. At the age of 17, she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. This cancer is so rare she could not be treated locally, and was advised to be treated at the NIH/National Cancer Institute ( NCI ) In Bethesda, MD. For the next year she and her mother Nita spent most of their time at NIH. This proved to be a hardship on the family both financially & emotionally, but they were not alone. There were other families with sick children being treated that had the same hardships and concerns. Many of them had siblings staying with them so the other parent could return home to work. It seemed especially hard for birthday’s and Christmas as most did not have extra funds to buy presents. Even though Julie was sick most of the time, she still wanted to do something to bring a smile to a hurting or sick “friend”. At times she would take something she had been given and give to another child because she felt they needed some cheering up.
When a child is sick and not knowing if he or she is going to recover it is a terrible strain on everyone in the home, laughter and smiles seem to be few and far between. A smile ever so small is cherished by everyone. Imagine the face of a child who receives a gift, a smile comes on that little face that brightens the entire room. Many times you hear the words “ that's just what I wanted“... Oh the joy by giving a toy.
If you are in the area and know a child who is sick, please contact us. We will try to bring them joy by giving a toy.
This ministry is done throughout the year, please keep us and the children in your prayers.
Toys for Children with Cancer
P.O. Box 94
Westover, MD 21871
A special thanks to OLLIES in Salisbury for collecting toys at Christmas!
Delmarva WalkIn Tubs
First State Detachment Marine Corp League
High Voltage All Star Cheerleaders
Ocean City Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling League
Dorsey Marshall - State Farm Insurance
H&R Block - Princess Anne
Lowe's - Salisbury
Thanks to all who give to help make this possible.
A special thank you to Mr. Al Kessler of the First State Detachment Marine Corp League for giving of your time and always being there to lend a hand. SEMPER FI