“What you do each day in the lives of these children is more than just games and toys. They are ego boosters, pride enhancers, hope builders, and possibly answered prayers.”
“My daughter was a recipient of one of Tatum’s bags and it lifted her spirits and really made her day! The thought of the contents and that they were age appropriate really made her feel special. “
“As a parent you have touched my heart forever.”
I am writing to you on behalf of my son. He is still too small to express his thankfulness to you and your program. He loves playing with all the great toys he got in his bag. I am sure you hear this all the time but you are an amazing little lady. Your parents should be so proud and I am sure they are. But you should also be so proud of your parents too. They are amazing too. Not many parents listen to their children’s dreams and make them happen but yours did. Your family has created an amazing program. As a parent you have touched my heart forever. We had no idea of what to expect when we opened the bag and I can tell you we were completely surprised to find such wonderful gifts. I was in tears because someone thought of something to give my son to help get him through this difficult journey he is on. Everything he will need to keep him entertained during his hospital visits. I was overwhelmed with emotions and knew I would never be able to find enough words to let you know how amazing and thoughtful you are. Or even have the right words to thank you. What you and your family are doing for kids battling cancer is amazing. This world needs more people like you. There are not many people that can make something so special and good come from such a horrible situation. You truly have touched our hearts and we thank you so much for thinking of our son.
“…it was one of the last fun and happy times we had together. I will always remember it, and I thank you. I know that our son does too.”
“Our son xxxx was diagnosed last September with acute lymphoblastic leukemia that turned out to be Philadelphia chromosome positive. For a month he fought with great courage, even though the treatments hurt him a lot and the medication had many bad and ultimately lethal side effects for him. But I (his father) will always remember that one of his happy times in that month was the day they brought him his Bag of Fun. We had just finished his third chemo treatment, blood transfusions to try to raise his hemo level, an unsuccessful spinal tap, and a bone marrow sample taken. A pretty painful day for the poor guy, as you can imagine. We were sitting quietly and thinking about everything, slowly preparing for the drive back to our home, when the nurse on the unit said, ‘Oh yeah, I have something for you.’ Then, when she brought in the bag, he was really delighted, and laughed a lot at the selection of great things it had as we went through it together. He died within two weeks of that day, but it was one of the last fun and happy times we had together. I will always remember it, and I thank you. I know that our son does too. Please keep up your good work, and God bless you.”