It's among every parent’s worst nightmares to receive the news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. And many families who face this feel as if they are going through the challenging time on their own.
But Mary Spain Lowder, co-president of Super Cooper’s College Buddies, said the UNC club strives to make sure these families know they aren't alone.
UNC graduate Alex Pritts founded SCCB in 2015 after being inspired by Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation. The UNC club, which partners with the national foundation, provides support to families of children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment at UNC and Duke hospitals.
Sara Hardwick, the vice president of fundraising, said SCCB holds events to raise money for impacted families, ranging anywhere from book drives to cookie sales. Hardwick also said the club has found ways to raise funds during the pandemic through virtual craft nights.
Team member Kacie Harvey said the virtual craft nights were a great way to connect with the children, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
As a result of these efforts, Hardwick said the club was able to donate $250 toward grocery costs last semester. The club was also able to provide 20 meals and 300 luminary kits to the Ronald McDonald House, which the club partners with.
“It’s a little different this year, but in the past, we’ve come in and cooked meals on certain nights of the week,” she said. “This year, we delivered meals because we’re not able to be in the house.”
Each delivered meal came with a special note from a team member, Hardwick said.
“It’s important for those kids to understand there is someone else out there thinking of them,” she added.