Give Me A Break! from Cancer is a program offering young adults with cancer, and their caregivers, an opportunity to “get away from it all”. The program sponsors day trips, short-term vacations, or just an evening out without having to worry about the logistics: cost or medical-care support (which is factored into the planning of the break) while away.
The goal of this program is to empower young adults, with cancer, to feel normal for a little while. It allows, for a brief moment, the time to do things that they used to do, or have always dreamed of doing—despite living with cancer. Although such breaks are brief, getting away for a little while can significantly lift the spirits of a young person with cancer.
The oncology counselors and oncology nurses at Life with Cancer will make referrals to GMAB! FC based on need. A qualifying young adult would choose from a “menu” of suggested get-a-ways, such as an evening out, a day trip, or a vacation lasting a few days. They might choose a self-designed get-away such as a fun escape or something more “serious,” such as visiting a beloved relative far away, or even seeking a second opinion about their cancer at a location far from home.
This program relies solely on private fund-raising efforts and in-kind donations from generous persons and businesses.
How You Can Help…
- Make a donation payable to The Little Things for Cancer and mail to:
The Little Things for Cancer, 8601 Robert Fulton Drive, Columbai, MD 21046
Be sure to write GMAB! on the memo line of the check;
- Share this idea with your friends and coworkers
- Provide in-kind donations for lodging, restaurants, and entertainment
This program provides cancer patients and their caregivers, being treated at The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a day of pampering which includes haircuts, manicures, pedicures, and massage therapy. This program is made possible through a grant from The Zoe Quinn Francis Fund in memory and in honor of Zoe Quinn Francis, a very special, brilliant, and brave little girl whose beautiful smile and amazing giggle touched the lives of all who knew her.
Infusion Center Massage
Patients receiving chemotherapy treatments at the Maryland Oncology Hematology Center in Howard County sit a little more comfortably with this program in place. Patients now receive complimentary foot massages every other Friday from 1:00-3:00 during their treatments. The grant for this program was provided by Dante and Flora Betro in memory and to honor the life of Gennaro Rocca.
A note form Flora Betro -Daughter of Gennaro Rocca…
My father, Gennro Rocca was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 60. He was treated and remained in remission until age 70, when the cancer came back with a vengence and sadly, he lost his battle. He was blessed to be surrounded by wonderful caregivers who showed him compassion and kindness throughout his treatment. This program is our way to give back to the community. I feel so overwhlemed with joy to be able to offer those going through cancer treatment the gift of touch, give them a moment of peace during their difficult journey and honor my father at the same time.