Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers (TXCH) reports over 3,000 newly diagnosed patients each year, with an average of 80 inpatients a day and over 73,500 outpatient clinic visits per year. These innocent kids are forced to miss a lot of school!
Sadly, even if these kids survive their battle against cancer, often times they don't win when it comes to their education. Most have the stigma of being “the sick kid” upon their return to school, making the transition rather difficult. Unfortunately, due to being so far behind their peers, a large majority simply lose hope of ever catching up, eventually dropping out altogether.
We all know how overwhelming the back to school shopping experience can be!
Now, imagine that stress paired with the stress of having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The out of pocket expenses for treatment alone are exhaustive, not to mention the cost to get your kids the school supplies, clothes, and other essentials required to start the school year. In an effort to alleviate that stress, Stuff the Sleigh has established Christmas in July to ensure patients and their families have everything they need to start the school year off right!
We thank you for your assistance during this back to school season!