Thursday, May 24, 2012

Children and Cancer: Small Hand Creating Hope

Small Hands Creating Hope
Ever since my father-in-law began his most recent round of treatments for prostate cancer several months ago, little G has probably been the most faithful person in our family at remembering to pray for him during our nightly prayer times.  When we talk to him over Skype, she is eager to ask him how he is doing and to learn about his medicine and sickness.

It's exciting to see a child's natural care and compassion come out and to find ways to help channel it.  That's part of the impetus behind a really neat project which I get to participate in this spring.  I am joining with an incredibly talented group of bloggers who focus on fun, creative, and educational activities for kids in this fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  Each of us has worked with our children or students to create a craft that could be made by or for someone facing cancer.

The projects in the book are varied, creative, and inspiring, and several include tutorials so that you can recreate the crafts at home with your own children or students! For our project, the girls and I worked together to make some pretty sun catchers with glue and drinking straws.  We used the colors purple, symbolizing cancer survivorship, and yellow, symbolizing hope.

Our projects have been compiled into an ebook, which we are sending out to anyone who donates at least $15 to the American Cancer society. An email with the download link, as well as a second link that allows you to purchase a hard copy of the book at production cost will be sent once we receive your donation. This button will take you directly to the American Cancer Society’s donation page:
Donate to the American Cancer Society
If you donate but do not receive this email for any reason, or if you have trouble with the download, email smallhandsproject at gmail dot com.
MaryAnne at Mama Smiles compiled this book as a way of celebrating thirty years of cancer survivorship! 

We are hoping to raise $3000 by July 4th, and we are running a blog hop from May 14th until July 4th to celebrate and raise funds so that, in the future, thirty years of cancer survivorship will be the norm, not the exception! Learn about each of the bloggers who participated in the book by visiting each blog on their assigned dates – a few bloggers will be running celebratory giveaways, too!
14 May Mama Smiles
15 May Artsy Craftsy Mom and Rainbows Within Reach
16 May B. Inspired, Mama!
17 May Rainy Day Mum and Imagination Soup
18 May Inspiration Laboratories
19 May Experimenting Mom
20 May Outlaw Mom
21 May NurtureStore
22 May Living Montessori Now
23 May Mess for Less
24 May Having Fun at Home and CraftoArt
25 May Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart
26 May Angelique Felix and Sense of Wonder
27 May Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
28 May Duck Duck Octopus
29 May Smiling like Sunshine
30 May Mommy with Selective Memory
31 May One Perfect Day
1 June The Educators’ Spin On It
2 June Kids Stuff World
3 June Rainy Day Mum
4 June Teach Preschool
5 June Dirt and Boogers
6 June Creative Connections for Kids and The Golden Gleam
7 June Montessori Tidbits
8 June Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
9 June The Iowa Farmer’s Wife
10 June Scribble Doodle and Draw
11 June Learn with Play
12 June Kitchen Counter Chronicles
13 June CRAYON Freckles
14 June Glittering Muffins
15 June Wise Owl Factory
16 June Crafty Maa
18 June Lessons Learnt Journal 20 June Growing a Jeweled Rose 21 June Growing Play 23 June JDaniel4′s Mom
If you are a blogger, please feel free to post the button in your sidebar for the duration of the event, in order to get as much publicity for this event as possible.
Small Hands Creating Hope
Thank you for your support!


maryanne @ mama smiles said...

The sun catcher you made is so pretty! Thrilled to have you as a part of this project, and little G is such a sweet child!

Sarahwright99 said...

This is such a great idea and such an honor for you to be part of.  Congratulations, Katey.