We put Smiles on the Faces of Those who are Battling Cancer
Who we are
Why we do it
Our founder, Alec, is currently battling cancer for the second time in his life. He is 19 years old now and cancer is pretty much all he can remember. During Alec’s treatments, he has been given so much love from family and friends that have given him many moments full of smiles. If it weren’t for those smiles, then the constant returns to the hospital and the monotony of chemo would compound to the point of giving up. That is the power of a smile. We are inspiring those who are suffering and supporting them through their most difficult moments. We are lighting a fire of hope and encouragement for them in the form of a smile.
Here is how it Works
It all starts with a Smiles Application
A Smiles Application is a form you fill out to nominate a friend who is battling cancer. We use the application to create a tailored made care package that we call a "Smiles Package." Each Smiles Package we deliver has an approximately $500 value.
Then comes the delivery
After the Smiles Application is reviewed, we put together a Smiles Package that is tailored to the interests and needs of the person battling cancer and deliver it to them. When possible, Alec will deliver the package himself.
The beautiful end result
Who doesn't love a few gifts, right? Of course the gifts are fun and naturally brings a smile, but we hope the package will do more than just that. We want them to know that they are not alone in their fight because we are here with them. We hope to instill some courage and an indomitable spirit to help them along their difficult path.
Previous Smiles Packages
Who: Chris Owens
Situation: Chris Owens was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. He has three daughters, two in high school and an eight-year-old.
Smiles Package: Chris loves being outside and being with his family. His treatments have been hard on his body, so it was been difficult for him to keep up with the house chores. We got him a really nice speaker set for their backyard, some new outside furniture cushions, and we contracted a local lawn service to take care of their lawn for the summer. He really appreciated it!
Who: Kalel Casper
Situation: Kalel is 7 years old and recently had a baseball size tumor removed from the base of his brain. Kalel's scar from the surgery was the same as Alec’s. Fortunately for Max, the growth did not go into his spine. He will soon finish his radiation treatments.
Smiles Package: His aunt sent in a smiles application saying that he liked legos, video games, and Pokemon cards. So, we went right to work putting together a package for Kalel and got him a huge lego Millennium Falcon, tons and tons of Pokemon cards, and a 3DS with two Lego video games.
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