Bringing holiday spirit to children fighting cancer

Bringing holiday spirit to children fighting cancer
Santa meeting with child battling cancer.

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.

Gift wrapping
Gift wrapping

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the families from Tucson gathered for a meal, their presents, and a chance to meet Santa.

Santa meeting with families battling pediatric cancer
Santa meeting with families battling pediatric cancer

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.

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