In 2012, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation created the KIDZBINZ activity box program to help children with cancer at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health in Dallas. With more than 50 children in the Stem Cell Unit of the CCBD at any one time, the kids are in need of activities such as art, music supplies, and interactive games to help pass the time.
Children with cancer going through stem cell transplants might stay in isolation for up to 90 days to build their immune systems. Since the child’s interaction with family and the outside world is significantly limited, the KIDZBINZ activity box program was envisioned. The KIDZBINZ feature paints, canvases, jewelry making materials, books, scrapbooks, and an age appropriate musical instrument.
Chantel Keith, a stem cell unit patient, was one of the first children with cancer to receive the creativity boxes. According to Joyce Keith, Chantel’s mother, “The KIDZBINZ provided by TeamConnor was a lifesaver. It was tailored specifically for my daughter and was full of things she liked, such as Hello Kitty items, scrapbooking, painting materials, as well as a musical instrument.”
Children’s Health has found that the KIDZBINZ provides essential components of quality pediatric health care by supporting the child’s psychological and emotional needs while easing their feelings of isolation and loneliness. TeamConnor expanded the KIDZBINZ program to Cook Children’s in 2015.
You can help by making a donation directly to TeamConnor or you can shop the Wish List on Amazon! Your generous donations will provide very sick children in our community with an outlet to express their feelings and creativity during one of the most difficult times in their young lives.
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