Cancer Center toy store receives biggest gift of gifts and cash donations
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Holiday Workshop toy store received its largest single donation this year. Over a thousand toys and $ 5,000 in gift cards were delivered by the Super Fritz & Friends Fund. Freebies filled the store to the brim and covered all age groups. Kristine Tesauro and her clothing brand Catch Some Air also contributed to the toy drive.
Pediatric hematology oncologist Anjali Pawar and other UC Davis staff Shashwati Roy and Breanna Kiniry helped with the toy drive. Subsequently, two pediatric cancer survivors, Fritz Stark and Riley Blum, were among the “helpers” who delivered the gifts to the cancer center.
The temporary toy store is located in the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic of the Cancer Center and was started by the Department of Child Life Therapy and Creative Arts. Until Christmas Eve, parents of pediatric patients who presented to the clinic or infusion room for chemotherapy entered in secret, selected a book, a stuffed animal and a toy for each of their children. Items not distributed by Christmas will be given to children in the clinic and infusion room on other occasions throughout the year.
“The holidays are tough for families struggling with pediatric cancer,” said Pawar. “I have seen many parents struggle between being with their child during treatment while trying to make the season bright for their other children. We thank all the donors who donated all the fun items and their precious time for this event. “
Super Fritz & Friends supports families of children treated for cancer at UC Davis Health. The effort was started by Ruth and Paul Flowers after Fritz, the toddler of family friends Anna and Ben Stark, received treatment for leukemia. The Starks joined the effort after their son completed the treatment. The Flowers and the Starks wanted to help other families facing similar challenges during cancer treatment, such as managing insurance and time off from work, as well as financial and other non-medical issues. This year’s fundraising campaign was an expansion of their commitment to helping families with children with cancer. The effort also includes funding for a “family navigator” position to help the families of pediatric patients at the cancer center.
Ongoing donations can be made to the Super Fritz & Friends Fund, which has already touched the lives of over 300 families facing the challenges of fighting pediatric cancer. Donations can be made by clicking here.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
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