Here's how they describe the Family Support and Outreach portion of their activities on their web site:
"Family Support & Outreach Bald for research! Bald for meds! Such good can come from shaving heads!
"Balding for Dollars supports many families during their struggles while their child is being treated for Cancer and Blood Disorders here at BC Children’s Hospital and other Care Centres. We provide “FUN” days out for the families; maintain a laundry room on 3B, and have pizza days on the ward, just to name a few. We also support medical equipment and supplies, medicines, feeding supplies and nutrition when not covered by health insurance. We also help families with temporary accommodation when needed. We feel that when we support the needs of the whole family, it benefits the sick child too."
If anything, this is an understatement.
Here's how they've helped Rene:
1. There are always packaged snacks and microwave popcorn in the clinic kitchenette at BC Children's Hospital. Families who are spending hours at the clinic can just help themselves to a treat and makes the clinic feel more like a welcoming home.
2. After every cycle of chemotherapy Rene has to have 4 to 8 daily shots of a medicine, called G-CSF that forces his body to produce more nuetrophils more rapidly. This medicine makes it so he doesn't get sick from lack of immunity -- and right now is what keeps him able to attend school between treatments -- but it costs around $100 a shot. Balding for dollars always buys Rene's G-CSF until the deductible is paid and the insurance will pay.
We know another family who parked their trailer in one of the BCCH trailer hook-ups while their son was in treatment. Balding for dollars paid for the spot and provided some foods to stock their cupboards. I got to stay in the trailer when they were away and I had a cold (I could not stay at Ronald McDonald House while I had a cold).
That laundry room on 3B is necessary -- especially for single parents during bone marrow transplant.
You can learn more about Balding for Dollars on their web site at: http://www.baldingfordollars.com/index.php
Thank you Mr. Crisp and Sue for providing this wonderful way for Rene's class to help others.