PBMT Family Support Program
Alex's Coupons featured charity this month is the PBMT (Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant) Family Support Program at Duke University Medical Center. Alex's Coupons has made a donation of $1000 to this amazing organization.
On May 6, 2006 the PBMT Family Support Program will hold The Rainbow of Heroes Walk, which is its annual fundraising event. Rainbow of Heroes is a walk commemorating and celebrating all the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant patients and their families. In honor of the transplant inpatient unit, 5200, participants walk 5200 yards around the track at the Duke Center for Living. Balloons are carried in honor or memory of children who have been through or are currently in the program. Over $365,000 has been raised over the past five years.
The PBMT Family Support Program does amazing things for the transplant patients and their families. For the transplant patients they provide the following programs: Best Buddy Volunteers, CellMates (kids' support group) and ArtMates (kids' craft time). For the families they have a Crisis Team, pagers, phone cards, community meals, and Salon Day. All of these things are provided at no cost to the families and with no financial help from the hospital.
During the four months that we spent in the PBMT unit, we were constantly amazed at the generosity of the people who run the Family Support Program. I think each of us have a different favorite memory of the Family Support Program. Of course my favorite memory is of the community meals, which were a stress eater's dream! I gained 10-15 pounds during each of Alex's transplants.
My wife Andrea's favorite program was Salon Day, which occurred twice a month.
Here's what she had to say about it:
"Salon Day happens twice a month and is such a lifesaver!!!! I can't tell you what a relief it is not to have to worry about finding a hairstylist in an area that you're not familiar with and then, having to leave your sick child to go there! After all, not too many people can go four months or sometimes more without a haircut! The stylists come to the floor to cut, color and do whatever else is necessary to keep the parents looking like they actually have time to take care of themselves! It's awesome!"
If you ask Alex I think she'd tell you her favorite memory is of her Best Buddies Mariya & Dora who were always there for her during the toughest times.
The Family Support Program survives solely by donations, so please consider making a donation to this amazing organization. You can make a donation online at:
...and when it asks you to select your team choose Team Alex's
Donations can also be made via check made payable to: Duke PBMT-04RH with Team Alex's Coupons written in the memo section. Check should be sent to:
Durham, NC 27710
Thanks in advance for your support. Take care.
Todd, Andrea, Alex &
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