Wednesday, September 15, 2010

how to help Chemo Duck (& more duck bentos too!)

The motto for Chemo Duck, the program that puts a fluffy duck friend in the arms of children coping with cancer, is "Huggable Hope". How sweet is that? :)
Huggable Hope

My attempt to recreate the darling Gabe's Chemo Duck logo in bento-format...
HH bento3
This bento is packed in the bottom tier of a two-tier Kotobuki bento box. It is made with a round sandwich on the bottom and a tortilla on top. The yellow duck is made from candy melts and a ducky candy mold (in other words, Lu had fun in the kitchen! :p). I added a little duck bill and eye accent using food-safe markers. The letters are made of fruit leather. :)

HH bento2
The top tier of the bento box holds whole grain quackers, cheddar cheese, salami "flowers", cucumber hearts and a heart dish of sunflower kernels.

HuggableHope bento

Quack quack!! :)

Gabe's Chemo Duck program is a non-profit organization. When a request is received at Chemo Duck headquarters for a Duck, the fluffy friend and educational materials are sent right off - at no cost to the family. Chemo Ducks are also available for free to children with cancer at over 60 hospitals nationwide.

If you or someone you know has a child coping with cancer, please email Lu at for a Chemo Duck! It is Lu and her son, Gabe's, mission to put a Chemo Duck in the arms of every cancer kid they can! :)

Chemo Duck twins :)

Currently Gabe's Chemo Duck program depends on donations, proceeds from fundraisers (such as bake sales and "fun runs"), and occasional grant money to keep sending Chemo Ducks to kids with cancer.

It costs $25 to put a Chemo Duck in the arms of a child.
This month alone the program has received requests for thirty ducks - that's $750 in Chemo Ducks!

If you would like to help Gabe's My Heart put Chemo Ducks, {Huggable Hope}, in the arms of more kids, you can make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation BY CLICKING HERE.

As a way of saying thank you for your donation, Chemo Duck and I have put together this little prize pack that will be sent to one lucky ducky person!

The prize pack comes in this spiffy back-sack. (ooooh, what will you find inside??)
GabesMyHeart back sack of prizes!

Lots of goodies in there!!!
Prize pack of ducky goodies
- Gabe's Chemo Duck t-shirt (very cute, Ethan has one that he wears to soccer practice almost every week!)
- duck-shaped silly bands (there are more than 2, but I couldn't get the others to lay down nicely for the picture!)
- super cute ducky temporary tatoos
- Chemo Duck pins (3 shown, but there are more like 10 inside!)
- an insulated lunchbag with an embroidered Chemo Duck logo (CUTE!)
- two-tiered Kotobuki duck face bento box!!! (same as shown in the bentos above!)
- Wilton duck cookie cutter

The way this will work... for every $1 donated you receive 1 entry for this prize pack. I will keep track of this on a spreadsheet. So if Strawberry Shortcake wants to sponsor a whole duck and donates $25, I will list spots 1-25 on my spread sheet for Strawberry Shortcake. Then if Rainbow Brite donates $2, and Wonder Woman donates $5, spots #26-#27 will be labeled for Rainbow Brite, and Wonder Woman will be listed for spots #28-#32 on the spreadsheet. One number will be chosen by random via and the corresponding name on my spreadsheet will be the winner. :)

I think we will run this for the rest of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - so that means I'll stop adding names to the spreadsheet on September 30. Of course you can continue submitting donations to Gabe's Chemo Duck program for as long as you like. :) I will announce the winner of the prize pack on October 1.
If you would like to donate but do not want to be included in the drawing for the prize pack you can indicate that information in the box that says "Are you sponsoring a Chemo Duck for a specific child? If so, Please enter the child's name and mailing address below". Or if you wish to be included for the prize pack but do not want your name mentioned you may indicate that information in that box too.

How many Chemo Ducks do you think we can sponsor together this month? Four? Five? If every visitor of this blog on an average day donated $1 we would have enough to supply 100 ducks to kids with cancer! :)

Chemo Duck love

Chemo Ducks, Huggable Hope. It's a good thing. :)

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Mom_Of_Three said... [Reply to comment]

WOW! What an awesome charity!! And, a cute bento ;) We have a St. Jude affiliat hospital here where I live, and I can imagine what a bless it must be for those kids to get their ducky! Thank you for bringing this charity to the spotlight!!

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

What a wonderful idea <3 I'll be back to donate for sure tomorrow (payday :) )

Vanessa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, I came across your website several weeks ago and have been following your daily bentos and enjoying them immensely! I just "adopted" a chemo duck and wanted to say what a meaningful program and how wonderful of you to help spread the word.


Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

I just donated $10 (and an extra 30 cents so they get my whole $10) :)

What a wonderful program!!! I'm looking into becoming an oncology nurse once I'm done w/ school so this is a near and dear issue to me!

janellemc said... [Reply to comment]

As the mom of a 5 year old who is a Stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma (muscle tumor) survivor, I thank you for your efforts and darling reminders of the importance of finding a cure and aiding those that are sick.

janellemc said... [Reply to comment]

Oops. I made a donation but forgot to put in the box that I'd like to be included in the drawing.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

janellemc, the "default" is to be included for the drawing - so you're on the spreadsheet! :)

Thank you so much for donating!!! :)

RootsAndWingsCo said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing! I tweeted this and have scheduled one of your other chemo duck posts to be tweeted each day this week! Beautiful bentos for a beautiful cause! Sick kids is just NOT right!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa, when I donate today, do I need to include a specific child?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Amy, you do not need to include a specific child's name. :)

Teena said... [Reply to comment]

I love your blog and have been following it for quite some time. You inspired me to start doing more creative lunches for my 7 year old and let me tell you she loves it. This is an awesome cause and I happily just sponsored a duck. Keep up the amazing work you do! God Bless, Teena

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