As a pediatric social worker and as a mother, I have seen firsthand how powerful play is in a child’s life. Play is children’s language, play reduces stress, play and learning are intertwined, and play is healthy. The Chelsea’s Closet volunteers who travel to either Doernbecher or Randall Children’s Hospital each month have seen this to be true […]
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I have volunteered with children going through chemotherapy for 10 years, five with Chelsea’s Closet. My interest in volunteering formed when I was a child… after watching my father fight cancer and experience the painful process of chemotherapy. Since then, I wanted to give back to families going through what my family went through. Initially, […]
Posted by: Lisa McMahan, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital For a hospitalized child, a chance to play, imagine and socialize is powerful medicine. Jason and Alison Hicks experienced this firsthand with their daughter, Chelsea, during her cancer treatments at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Alison shares her daughter’s story and explains how the Chelsea Hicks Foundation is […]
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When I first heard about Chelsea’s Closet in 2009, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of it. I volunteered at the first Masquerade Ball fundraiser in 2010 and held a costume drive at my school the following year. Soon after, I volunteered at the hospital for the first time – and […]
Around this time last year, I was asked to join the Chelsea Hicks Foundation Board of Directors. What a HUGE HONOR! Since joining the Board, I have been awestruck by the efforts and impact of Chelsea’s Closet programs, and the Foundation’s events. This past October I attended my second Masquerade Ball, my first as a […]
Blog post by Jason HicksCOO, Chelsea Hicks FoundationAsst Store Manager, Walmart #3097 As the weather gets sunny, it seems as if everyone wants to go outdoors to play sports or work in their yards. It’s wonderful to smell the fresh air or even travel somewhere exciting. When you have a child with a serious illness, […]
In the Fall of 2010, my 3-year-old-daughter Lilli paraded through the halls of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital dressed like a giraffe. I walked behind her, with an IV bag filled with chemotherapy, as she skipped along with her best friend Bella, who was dressed like a ninja turtle. Just hours earlier, Lilli and Bella were holed […]