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Running for Child Life in BMT

$2,090
209%
Raised toward our $1,000 Goal
22 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on November 12, at 09:25 AM PST
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Running for Child Life in BMT

“I’m Captain America!”

“Hulk face!”

“Repulsor blast!”

“Snikt Snikt!”

“I’m BATMAN!”

These were the battle cries of our own super hero Jeremy, who fought a valiant battle with a rare form of leukemia, endured countless medical procedures, and championed through multiple bone marrow transplants.  He stood for justice, holding his own father accountable for the unfair treatment of his baby brother.  He was a protector for the defenseless - standing in front of Mommy, face scrunched, standing firm, legs shoulder-width apart and arms flexed, ready to fend off anyone or anything that threatened her safety.  He was his brother’s keeper, making Hulk faces at anyone who would get too close to baby Matthew.  Jeremy considered the well-being of others, ensuring that an injured nurse was properly bandaged and prayed for and that his aunt had a comfortable place to sit despite his own circumstance.

Jeremy was a hero through and through.  We are so proud of him, going above and beyond what was asked of him during that very difficult season of life.

On November 11, 2017, Matthew and Ryan will be running the Avengers Super Heroes Kids Race at Disneyland in Jeremy's loving memory.  They will be running for a cause that is dear to our family - helping children being treated for life-threatening illnesses through the services provided by the Child Life Department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, namely within the BMT unit.

Child Life Services walks alongside children and their families while at UCSF BCH.  They play an important role in helping children cope and provide for their developmental and emotional needs while in the hospital.  

This was a special team to Jeremy.  They provided a much needed respite from the confinement and side effects of treatment.  When he was able, he looked forward to going to the Child Life Pediatric Playroom, a room that would be cleaned before and after our reserved time.  Every Thursday afternoon, he would push his naptime out a little so that he could play Bingo through the closed circuit television program set up by the Child Life Department, and where we could claim a prize to his delight.  A child life specialist who was dear to us, also came to Jeremy’s room a few times a week with a tray of toys and crafts for him.  Some were just to play with, while some were used to explain his new environment and to help him to talk about his feelings and what he was going through.

100% of your donations will fund the services and materials provided to BMT patients by the Child Life Department/Services, so that the child life specialists can continue to provide meaningful activities for children undergoing bone marrow transplants.  The toys, crafts, and other developmentally supportive materials provided by Child Life Services for the BMT patients and their families is funded entirely by donations.  Some years they are able to receive a grant from the hospital’s auxiliary, but this year they were unable to secure it.  Please consider making a donation - it will have a direct impact on a pediatric bone marrow transplant patient.

Thank you for coming alongside us in our mission to honor Jeremy’s memory by helping those who helped him and us as a family.  Every kind word, every email, every text, every card, every gift for Jeremy, every donation made in Jeremy’s name has not been forgotten.  From the very depths of our hearts, from Anthony, Alice, Jeremy, Matthew, and Ryan - thank you.

* Your donation will go toward the purchase of these items (and more):

  • Playdough

  • Markers

  • Crayons

  • Coloring activities

  • Construction paper

  • Arts and crafts materials…especially paints!

  • Realistic baby dolls

  • Medical play kits

  • Board games/cards

  • Sensory play materials (i.e. sand, water, model magic)

  • Puzzles

  • Pretend play items (i.e. pretend food, little people, doll houses, farm house, etc.)

  • Cars and other vehicles

  • Cause and effect infant toys, especially ones that makes noise, have lights

  • Tummy time mats

  • Infant mirrors

  • Books for all ages, especially board books for infants

  • Items for gross motor play (i.e. balls, etc.)

Levels
Choose a giving level

$50

Toys for Patients

Provide infant cause-and-effect toys for 2 patients as they stay occupied in the BMT unit.

$100

Bedside Child Life Session

By giving at this level, you are allowing for a BMT patient to meet a child life therapist at their bedside! Child life therapists focuses on the whole child and offers patients and siblings a normal activity for expression and engagement. Art and toy supplies included!

$200

Tummy Time Mats

Give a baby in the BMT unit a tummy time play mat! These engaging mats create a positive tummy time experience for the baby. By giving at this level, you will provide 10 patients with a mat.