We, at Chasin A Dream Foundation, are so excited with the positive feedback from our Hospital Backpack Program. When a family is given the news that their child has a life threatening illness and they need to go to the hospital immediately, packing a few comfort items for their child is the last thing on their mind.
We are providing a backpack complete with a warm fuzzy blanket, pillow, diffuser & oils like peppermint and lavender, socks, toiletries, age appropriate toys, a journal to document upcoming appointments for the parent, masks, gloves, etc.
For every child initially admitted with cancer, cystic fibrosis or other life threatening illnesses or disability, we will be adding an iPad to help them through the long hours of hospitalization and treatment. Just imagine being a child and having to remain still for hours on end while undergoing treatments. The iPad provides much needed distraction and comfort to all age groups, whether toddlers or teens.
Currently the program is launched at Palm Beach Childrens Hospital and Jupiter Medical Center. With the communities support, we will be extending the program throughout Palm Beach and Martin County to all hospitals who are admitting children with life threatening illnesses.