Hearing the words, “you have cancer,” can be terrifying for anyone – especially a child. The moments that immediately following a pediatric cancer diagnosis are filled with uncertainty for the treatments and its effects to come.
In an effort to offset this emotional time, The NASCAR Foundation was proud to provide a grant to Roc Solid Foundation through the Speediatrics Children’s Fund to provide 16 Ready Bags to children and families who have recently received a cancer diagnosis at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
Thanks to Roc Solid, children like Colin – a young boy diagnosed with a mixed germ cell brain tumor – are receiving ready bags that offer a sense of hope at the beginning of their long journey through cancer treatment.
The ready bags include everything a family might need for their unexpected hospital stay – toiletries, a blanket, a journal table and much more.
These essentials are helpful, but they also send an important message to each family that they are not alone. Roc Solid Ready Bags allow each family to stay together, instead of one parent having to go home and pack a bag while the other parent stays with the child at the hospital to start treatment. Through the Ready Bag program, this moment of separation on such a terrible day is eradicated.