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. :)
- 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:
If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time you may remember our sweet Alex who is battling neuroblastoma.
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. :)