Last December, I learned the truth to this saying more than ever. I was visiting with patients at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center when I met a 21 year old woman that had a profound impact on me and changed the way the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults celebrates the holiday season for years to come. The young woman’s name is Erica. Erica was waiting to see her doctor for a follow-up appointment for her cancer treatment. She was in pain and I explained to her that I could not make the pain go away but asked her if there was anything else I could do to help her out. She said yes….
“A Christmas present for my 5 year old daughter.”
Because her cancer treatments did not allow her to work, she was unable to purchase Christmas presents for her young daughter. I told her that was certainly something I could help with and so the UCF Holiday Gift Drive was born.
A few phone calls and emails later, we launched the first UCF Holiday Gift Drive where we collected donated presents for young adults and children of young adults facing cancer. In 2009, we gathered hundreds of presents and $2,000+ in donations to support 13 families.
This year marks the 2nd UCF Holiday Gift Drive and I encourage you to join us. We’re collecting presents at multiple locations and you can also go on-line and make a donation. Donations will be used to purchase gift certificates and debit cards for the families. We’re having a Holiday Gift Drive Party this Thursday at Mother’s in Baltimore City. Details below for ways to give.
Help us help families in need during the holiday season!
YACS B’more Holiday Party & Gift Drive
Thursday, December 9, 2010
7 PM – 10 PM
Mother’s in Federal Hill
Support the Gift Drive