Wellness and mindfulness are two key areas that adolescent and young adults (AYA) cancer patients need significant support in.
Stress, anxiety and poor nutrition are common among people undergoing treatment for cancer. Patients and their families are often unaware that relaxation, meditation, and exercise may increase survivorship. In addition, many patients and families do not have regular access to foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Our Wellness concept is research based. Survivorship and quality of life are improved through good nutrition, relaxation, meditation and exercise.
We have implemented two programs that introduce the Wellness concept to cancer patients and their families: Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness Bags and Smoothie Days
We distribute Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness Bags to AYA cancer patients through our connections with partnering oncology teams.
The Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness Bag consists of tools to encourage good health and positive spirit. These tools include meditation and relaxation music, iTunes and Amazon gift cards, ear buds, a battery operated votive candle, a portable aromatherapy infuser and lavender essential oil, an exercise band, medicine box, hand cream, tissues, hand sanitizer, Scentsy Travel tin, National Institute of Cancer Research nutritional information, books and encouragement and an issue of Elephants and Tea The Magazine. All packaged in a spacious and sturdy canvas bag with our logo and motto – Fight.Conquer.Cure
Each bag costs $125, but are free to patients in active treatment. (Sorry, at this time we can only distribute to current patients.) We depend on the generosity of our contributors (like you!) to cover the costs of all the items. Each patient receives an encouraging note card that includes the name of the contributor. We think it is a thoughtful way to remind the patient to hang in there during this tough time.
In 2019, we delivered over 100 Be Calm & Stay Strong Wellness Bags across Ohio and have already delivered several in 2020 to the following hospitals:
University Hospital – Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, Ohio
Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Columbus, Ohio
MD Anderson Hospital – Houston, Texas
If someone you know is 15 to 40 years of age and in Active Treatment for Cancer, please contact us. We will need the patients name, DOB, name and contact information of social worker and hospital. Again, only patients in active treatment. Please do not contact us if the patient is out of treatment.
The Smoothie Day Program provides a nutritious snack and a healthy break from the world of cancer. SGAYA funds the cost of yogurt and fresh fruit to create smoothies for patients and families. In addition, through our contacts at Vitamix, two powerful blenders were donated to the Hematology Oncology (HEMONC) floor at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.
Twice a month hospital staff members create delicious smoothies for patients and families.
To learn more about our wellness programs or to contribute to our efforts, please contact our Executive Director Nick Giallourakis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit our donation page by clicking here to give wellness!