We have some SUPER EXCITING news! PJ’s for Patients will be making its first delivery outside of New York City, New York State, the tristate area, and even the fifty states! That’s right- WE’RE GOING TO PUERTO RICO!
¡Sí! Vamos al Caribe!
For the past few months, I’ve been organizing our next delivery to PR- specifically, to an amazing establishment founded by the American Cancer Society called Hope Lodge- Hogar Niños Que Quieren Sonreír (Home for Children Who Want to Smile). This wonderful place, founded in 1994, provides temporary lodging for cancer patients (from newborns to 21-year-olds) and their families. Many of the Lodge’s children are treated at the University Pediatric Hospital in Centro Medico, San Juan, close to the “casa fuera de casa” (home away from home, as the Lodge is lovingly called). The University Pediatric Hospital is among Puerto Rico’s best and most popular centers for cancer care; 65% of cancer patients in PR turn to it for treatment. I discovered the Hope Lodge after looking into the American Cancer Society’s many extraordinary programs for people dealing with cancer; I have worked with them for almost seven years now, and respect the invaluable progress they make both in oncological research and quality of life for countless cancer patients and their families.
The Hope Lodge has serviced over 3,000 families in its years of operation, and continues to stand as a beacon of hope, light, and happiness in an otherwise dark time. The Hope Lodge has a vibrant, adorable, active Facebook page; find out more here! https://www.facebook.com/PRHLGHNQQS?fref=ts.
Although the pajamas we will be delivering have been purchased with money from our fundraisers, grant, and generous donors, I will be delivering the pajamas independently. 😦 It is difficult to deliver with PJ’s for Patients friends and our Do Something Club members when people are busy with work, camp, or vacation- it’s even more difficult when that place is overseas! Fortunately, I will be visiting PR with my family, and will be able to drop off the pajamas in the midst of our stay! 🙂 We will most certainly keep you posted on the progress of our deliveries!
Also, we now have our VERY OWN FACEBOOK PAGE! Please like our page for news, ideas, and updates! https://www.facebook.com/pjsforpatients
We’ve also just received a picture of some of our pajamas being put to good use by our contact at the Ronald McDonald House! The RMH, which provides housing, food, and other services for families dealing with pediatric cancer provides its incoming families with Welcome Bags upon arriving at the House. These packages include some essentials like toothbrushes, lotion, and tissues, some fun items, like crayons, play packs, and toys, and some cozy items, like socks and pajamas! We are happy to be involved with the Ronald McDonald House, and look forward to another collaboration with them in the early fall!