The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF) recently received more than $940 in donations, $700 in gift cards and hundreds of toys thanks to the thoughtfulness and generosity of an Orland Park family whose daughter had benefited from services provided by the Foundation.
When Meghan Wise, (now age seven-and-a-half) was diagnosed at age five with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia-otherwise known as ALL-she embarked on a two-and-a-half year treatment plan laced with numerous spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations and daily chemotherapy. On October 5, Meghan completed her final chemo treatment and her family celebrated by hosting a party called The Meghan Wise Victory Celebration.
More than 75 friends, classmates, neighbors and family members-essentially all of the people who supported Meghan and her family during her cancer treatment.
The Victory Celebration attendees were asked in lieu of a gift for Meghan to instead bring a toy or gift card or to donate to the Treasure Chest Foundation which had helped Meghan during her cancer battle.
Meghan's mother Susan recalled the positive effect that the toys from the Treasure Chest provided to her daughter throughout her treatments. "The Treasure Chest was something Meghan would eagerly anticipate. Each time we were headed into the clinic she did not want to cooperate, but as a parent I could remind her she would be getting a toy from the Treasure Chest and it became something for her to look forward to. It brought her such joy and comfort."
With a little help from her friends, seven-year-old Meghan Wise looks to her mother Susan for the go-ahead signal to enjoy some cake during her Victory Celebration party.
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