Tuesday, September 14, 2010

a bento in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month & Chemo Duck :)

Continuing my week of bentos in honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and celebrating the Chemo Duck program, I present you with this little lunch. :)

Chemo Duck ribbon bento

- two duck-shaped sandwiches, stacked, with a sprinkle eye and cheddar cheese bill
- ducky shaped whole grain cheese quackers
- duck-shaped cup holds organic yogurt covered raisins
- ducky cheddar cheese pieces
- grapes...uh, because Chemo Duck was founded by Gabe's mom...Gabe, Grape...uh, and cuz ducks like grapes? Work with me here! :)
- strawberry with duck pick (fine, it's really a penguin, but if you squint and turn your head to one side you can sorta see a duck!)
- a gold ribbon made of apricot fruit leather

Have you seen anyone flying their gold ribbons? On Facebook or Twitter? Gold ribbons are for Childhood Cancer Awareness. Share the news. :)

The original Chemo Duck was created in 2002 by my friend, Lu Sipos, when she discovered that her then one-year-old son, Gabe, had cancer.

Lu wanted to help her son understand what was happening to him as life became a never ending round of doctor and hospital visits. In an effort to help Gabe through this traumatic experience, she took a stuffed yellow duck that had been given to Gabe by a friend and gave it a makeover. She dressed it in blue hospital pajamas and added medical equipment such as a chemotherapy port and a blood pressure cuff to it – all items that Gabe could relate to. Her son immediately connected with the duck and began playing “doctor”. He used the duck to administer treatment and role-play his way through new, frightening experiences. This helped Gabe to overcome his fears and feel less alone. Since then, it has been their mission to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer by giving them their very own Chemo Duck to love through their foundation, Gabe's My Heart.

Gabe, with the original Chemo Duck:
Gabe and Chemo Duck

If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you may remember our sweet Alex who is battling neuroblastoma.
alex and chemo duck

The Chemo Duck Program had a feathered friend placed in Alex's arms the same week he was diagnosed with cancer.

Every day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. Every day. :(

The Chemo Duck program currently receives an average of one request per day for a Chemo Duck.

Tomorrow I'm going to share with you how we can help put Chemo Ducks in the hands of more children coping with cancer. :)
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Mrs. Keating said... [Reply to comment]

I've been reading your blog to get ideas for my students and my own children for lunch ideas - and then I saw this post and I knew I had to comment. I too have a friend Alex in my life who has Neuroblastoma (he's 14 months old). I can't wait to find out more about the Chemo Duck Program and what I can do to help. :)

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely love this program! What a great bento to honor and spread the word :)

Kelly Polizzi said... [Reply to comment]

wow melissa, you did a fantastic job! i truly hope there comes a day when cancer is stricken from the earth. What a victorious day it will be too. So many lives!

-jessica said... [Reply to comment]

Great job! I love this lunch because it touches so close to my heart, because two years ago today my son was diagnosed with cancer at 2.5yrs old. Today he is cancer free, but it was a long hard battle.

Sunni Sue said... [Reply to comment]

Ducks DO like grapes!


Chemo Duck is such a lovely idea, thanks for sharing it with us.

jennifer little said... [Reply to comment]

Fascinating blog. This concept is completely new to me, but my son starts preschool in October. I have to start packing his lunches...I will be following your blog. Your on my blog roll!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome bento and thank you for sharing the information about Chemo Ducks with us. What a wonderful organization!

the cape on the corner said... [Reply to comment]

wow, what a great lunch, and even better for its meaning.

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

I'd like to recreate this bento - where did you get the duck shaped crackers?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Jess, they are made by Market Pantry (Target's house brand), stocked next to Goldfish crackers. They are called Chickadees, I think. :)

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you!! My daughter's first birthday is less than two weeks away and I'm so glad to find things to work for the ducky theme!!

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