Focusing on the LITTLE but IMPORTANT things…
The Little Things Program provide funds for services for cancer patients and their caregivers. The Little Things program 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.
Improving the Quality of Life for Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers
The Little Things 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 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.
The Zaching Against Cancer merged with the Little Things for Cancer in October of 2016, thus creating The Little Things Program.