We put Smiles on the Faces of Cancer Patients
Who we are
Why we do it
Our founder, Alec, is currently battling cancer for the second time in his life. His treatments have not been able stop his tumors growth. Because of his experience, he knows how important it is to smile during these hard times. He and his foundation are on a mission to put smiles on the faces of others who are also battling cancer.
The Business of Smiles
It All Starts With A Smiles Application
A Smiles Application is a form you fill out to nominate a friend who is battling cancer for a 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 cancer patient and deliver it to them. Alec tries to deliver every package himself.
The Beautiful End Result
This is the fun part! We get to enjoy them smile as they sift through and open the gifts of things they love! Smiles do not come often enough for cancer patients and are always much needed. Although the package is fun, we hope the cancer patient gets more than that. We want to feel loved and know that they are not alone in their battle.
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.
What Can You Do?
Donate to the AJU Foundation! Cancer sucks, we know because we have been around it for years. We also know that a smile can go a long ways for cancer patients. Donate today and put a smile on the face of those who need it most.
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