We <3 Boston!

Hello all! Very many exciting things have happened since our last post, and I have waited for just the right time to share them with you! Before the news updates, I just wanted to mention that yes, it is October! Happy fall! Along with being an all-around awesome month, it is also PJ’s for Patients’s birthday! It’s coming up on the 17th, which is the day we were officially founded last year after receiving our Scholastic grant. Since then, we’ve received so much support through fundraisers, collaborations, and kind words, and have worked with so many wonderful individuals, organizations, schools, and hospitals. To them all, we say thank you!!! We look forward to our second year, and to many years afterwards, until pediatric cancer is completely defeated. We’d also like to give a HUGE thank you to P.S. 214, who held a very successful pajama dress down day and collection last week! A special thanks goes to Andrea, the incredible teacher who found out about us at GPM Pediatrics and organized the school’s drive! We really appreciate your wonderful work; the money raised will be used to purchase pajamas for children seeking cancer treatments in hospitals away from home! Also, PJ’s for Patients has won another grant! Yes; we have been chosen as the YSA Summer of Service Award recipient! All funding from the grant will be used in our pj endeavors! We have also kicked off the month of October with two pajama deliveries!! These deliveries were with completely amazing collaborators from… (drumroll..)…Massachusetts! We made our first delivery with Boston Children’s Hospital on Saturday, where we met the wonderful Darlene from the NIC U! The pajamas, many of which were Halloween themed, will benefit Children’s pediatric oncology patients. We are so proud and enthused to be working with such a phenomenal facility, and look forward to delivering again ASAP! Our second delivery was to This Star Won’t Go Out! I’ve mentioned TSWGO on this blog before, and I’m beyond excited that we’ve finally collaborated! This Star Won’t Go Out is an incredible charity, founded in memory of Esther Earl (find out more about her here! https://pjsforpatients.org/2014/08/03/happy-esther-day/) by her loving family, that provides financial assistance to families with children who have life-threatening cancer. I have admired and wanted to work with TSWGO for SO long, and never cease to be inspired by Esther, whose enthusiasm and love for others are so boldly embodied in the many letters and diary entries found in her book, This Star Won’t Go Out, which encompasses her thoughts and beautiful life. Earlier today, I was able to meet with Lori, Esther’s mom and director of TSWGO, and Emily, a TSWGO intern. It was a pleasure to have met with such kind and inspirational people, and PJ’s for Patients hopes to work with them again in the very near future! These jammies will be given to Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both of which Esther was treated at. Have a fantastic day! 🙂
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