The Little Things provide funds for services for cancer patients and their caregivers. The Little Things differs from many other organizations in that we offer support to people affected by all types of cancer, not just one specific type.

Improving the Quality of Life for Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers

The Little Things for CancerThe Little Things for Cancer program is dedicated to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers. We understand that the needs of each person are unique and will be different throughout the process of receiving care. We offer support to each family based upon their particular needs at that time. Our goal is to improve the quality of life by reducing stress and anxiety for the person affected by cancer and those closest to them. The Little Things funds services such as:

– Prescription Payment Assistance
– Complementary Therapies
– Utility Bill Assistance
– Transportation
– Child Care
– Co-payments
– House Cleaning
– Entertainment
– Meals
– Much More

About The Little Things for Cancer

The Little Things provide funds for services for cancer patients and their caregivers. The Little Things differs from many other organizations in that we offer support to people affected by all types of cancer, not just one specific type. We also fund services for the patients’ caregivers to give them a much needed break. Caregivers too often get so caught up in providing care for their loved ones that they don’t take time out to care for themselves.  Caregivers can become physically and mentally exhausted thereby affecting their ability to continue supporting their loved one.

Mission

To improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers.

History

The Little Things for Cancer was founded by Wendy Letow in 2006 in memory of and inspired by Jennifer Hartley.

Jennifer Hartley was diagnosed with liver cancer in May of 2003 and succumbed to her fight at the age of 49 in August of 2004. Previous to her diagnosis, Bill was a massage therapy client of Wendy’s. At one of his appointments, Bill gave her the sad news of his beloved wife’s diagnoses. Not really knowing what to say or do, she offered to treat Jennifer to a cranial sacral therapy session to help ease her pain. Over the course of the next year, Wendy worked closely with Jennifer, performing a variety of complementary therapies to help her through her cancer treatment.  They shared many deep conversations about the past, present and future, and explored ways to ease her pain and help her transition into the next phase of her journey. Watching her husband Bill care for Jennifer through her treatment was one of the most beautiful, yet painful experiences in Wendy’s life. Witnessing his selflessness and unconditional love for Jennifer during her battle with cancer both warmed and broke her heart. This time spent with Jennifer and Bill changed her forever.

The profound work they did together made Wendy realize that we often take for granted “the little things” in life. Over the course of the next year, she organized small fundraisers to help offset some of their everyday living expenses, such as meals and utilities. These things, which seem little to most of us, were anything but to the Hartley’s. Thus began the “The Little Things for Cancer”.  Wendy’s journey with Jennifer and Bill transformed into her personal journey to help others affected by cancer.

While the Little Things for Cancer was founded in 2006, Wendy, only equip with compassion and a dream in her heart, learned quickly that it was going to take more to make this endeavor successful. She spent the next four years volunteering for other local cancer organization including the Ulman Cancer Fund, The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center and the Red Devils, learning the ropes. In October 2010 she made the commitment to start funding services for cancer patients and their caregiver being treated at Howard County Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Every year since, additional hospital partnerships have been added and anyone living in or being treated in the state of Maryland was eligible for support services. Thanks to supporters in Florida and Massachusetts they were able to support cancer patients and their caregivers at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington and Peabody, Massachusetts and at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to TLT4C’s main program, many other programs were created to honor some very special people affected by cancer.

Zoe’s Day of Beauty – honoring Zoe Quinn Francis

Zoe’s Day of Beauty provides haircuts, manicures, pedicures, massages and small gifts to the children and their caregivers being treated at Johns Hopkins University. This is done on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital.

My Father’s Legacy- Massage at the Infusion Center Program – honoring Gennaro Rocca

This program provides free foot massages to cancer patients while they are having their chemotherapy treatments at Maryland Oncology Hematology and at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The Mark Hollingsworth Wellness Program- honoring Mark Hollingsworth

Wellness Retreat and meditation classes.

Healing Point Chi Gong & Yoga

Provides Chi Gong and Yoga classes for those affected by cancer.

Give Me A Break from Cancer

Give Me A Break From Cancer (GMABFC) supports the overlooked population of young people between the ages of 18 and 39 who live with cancer, and offers these young adults and their caregivers the chance to take a break and get away from it all—the opportunity to forget about “all that cancer stuff” for a while. In September of 2015 The Little Things for Cancer merged with the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation where it continues to serve cancer patients and their caregivers.