September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we’ve teamed up with our friends at Northwestern Mutual to share some amazing ways you can spread a little joy to the children who are living with cancer. In July, my son and I went camping with families affected by childhood cancer through the Campout on the Field event that Northwestern Mutual hosted with Rose Bowl Stadium. We met so many families who cherished the summer camp themed evening and told us all about their stories. These children had spent months and even years in hospitals and the fun-filled campout was a welcomed respite. After our time with these amazing families, my son and I have spoken at length about ways we can help these children going forward.

For kids, being in the hospital can be scary, uncomfortable, isolating and entertainment can be limited. In order to help relieve some or all of these things, it’s a huge help to put together care packages for these kiddos to help brighten their day and hopefully make things a little more comfortable. We’ve put together a list of items that parents we’ve met who have had their children in pediatric cancer wards have said would be useful and welcomed items.

Call your local hospital with pediatric oncology units and first ask if care packages would be allowed as well as asking how many would be needed so that you can plan out what you need to purchase. You can buy bags at your local craft or party store that are decorated or even plain bags that you can decorate for the kids!

Cancer care packages
Ideas for Pediatric Cancer Chemo Care Packages

All of these item ideas come straight from the parents we talked to, but something you might also want to include would be restaurant or coffee gift cards-the parents are in need of comfort as well and one less meal or coffee they need to worry about is a HUGE help!

My son and I have been making friendship bracelets for our local pediatric cancer unit in hopes of giving them a smile and to show them they have friends outside of the hospital walls thinking about them!

If you’re hoping to help but aren’t able to put care packages together, never fear!

For the month of September, Northwestern Mutual is continuing to raise awareness and funding for the fight against childhood cancer by tapping into the power of friendship. They’ve made it all too easy for you and your friends to give to those affected by childhood cancer with a Digital Bracelet Platform.

Simply create your own digital friendship bracelet by choosing the design

Create your own friendship bracelet and enter to win $150!

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and once it’s finished, Northwestern Mutual will donate $1 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to fund research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer (up to $100,000)! It’s that simple.

Even better? You can increase your impact by sharing your bracelet with your friends using your unique bracelet link. When you share, your friends can add on to your bracelet which in turn adds on $1 per bracelet that YOU helped to raise!

We’ve started a bracelet (click the link HERE) and we’d love to have you add to it! Let’s see how much of an impact we can all make together to help Northwestern Mutual and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

GIVEAWAY!

We feel so passionately about this project and want to see you all join in, so when you create your bracelet, you can come back here to enter to win a $150 VISA Gift Card!

Enter the giveaway below by midnight on October 1st for your chance to win.

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You can find the Simply Real Moms Bracelet HERE

You can find more info on Northwestern Mutual Foundation HERE

This post is sponsored by Northwestern Mutual, however all opinions are our own.