Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program chosen for Land of Cause Grant

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A nonprofit devoted to educating and comforting children with cancer will receive a $5,000 grant to develop a mobile website.

We are grateful to redpepper for establishing their Land of Cause Fund. The money received will go directly toward making our program more accessible to kids and families struggling with pediatric cancer

Nashville, Tenn. - Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program®, a nonprofit organization providing education and comfort to children with cancer, has been selected by redpepper’s Land of Cause to receive a $5000 grant that will be used to develop a new mobile website. The mobile site is being developed in order to provide mobile access and secure additional donations for their program. This is the first marketing grant offered by the Land of Cause Fund and Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program® was considered the most worthy among the ten non-profits that applied.

“It is such an honor to have received this grant,” explains Lu Sipos, Chemo Duck founder. “We are grateful to redpepper for establishing their Land of Cause Fund. The money received will go directly toward making our program more accessible to kids and families struggling with pediatric cancer.”

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program® is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart. Established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools, Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program has provided more than 20,000 ducks to children around the world. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience.

In addition to providing Chemo Ducks, this comprehensive program has developed tools and resources for parents and caregivers, games and educational materials for children, tips for healthcare professionals, and much more. For more information, visit http://www.chemoduck.org.

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