TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Volunteers are bringing holiday spirit to local families with children fighting cancer.
Each year, the Children’s Cancer Network (CCN) helps families in crisis during the holidays. They provide hand-selected gifts for every member of the family through their Holiday Surprises Program.
This year, the non-profit organization is helping 12 families in Tucson who are dealing with serious financial difficulties due to a childhood cancer diagnosis. The group is helping a total of 60 families across Arizona this year.
Volunteers with CCN hand-wrapped dozens of gifts for the families such as clothes, games, books, household items, and of course toys. Each family will also receive a pasta basket, a bin of basic needs, and a decorated holiday tree.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the families from Tucson gathered for a meal, their presents, and a chance to meet Santa.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization reports that over fifty percent of U.S. families battling pediatric cancer spend as much as $10,000 each year on non-medical expenses during their child’s treatment.
Half of all families struggling with pediatric cancer experience financial distress as a result of the medical and non-medical costs of fighting the disease.