Nikaya was referred to CHIX 4 a Cause by a social worker at her doctor’s office. Because Nikaya hadn’t worked with a nonprofit organization before, she had no idea what to expect from our services.
Nikaya was surprised by our Gifts of Love program. During her talk with our Gifts of Love coordinator, she mentioned she loves eating at Olive Garden. Dining out gives Nikaya something fun to do while she’s not attending numerous doctors’ appointments, which take up much of her time. When Jillian Clark, founder and CEO of CHIX 4 a Cause, delivered Nikaya’s Gifts of Love, Nikaya was thrilled to receive two gift cards for Olive Garden. She felt we listened to her and cared about making her happy during her challenging time.
Nikaya was delighted to receive gas cards as well. She sees doctors in multiple locations, which consumes much gas as she drives to and from their offices. In the past, Nikaya’s had to reschedule doctor appointments that came before the days she receives her monthly income.
Other Gifts of Love Nikaya received included an iTunes gift card for purchasing her favorite music; an
essential oil specially blended to provide cancer patients emotional healing; and a necklace with the word “HOPE,” which has always been an inspiring word for her.
Perhaps the most meaningful Gift Nikaya received was a prayer shawl. She had always wanted a prayer shawl, which she sees on the majority of cancer patients where she receives treatment, but she didn’t know where to get one. Nikaya said the prayer shawl is very calming. She feels very special wearing it, especially when she walks among cancer treatment rooms. Nikaya becomes cold during each treatment, and although blankets are provided, a prayer shawl is easier to carry around and much more meaningful to wear.
Nikaya enjoyed having a burden lifted off her shoulders when receiving her Gifts of Love. She felt very happy and thought-about, knowing that somebody cares enough to help someone who’s going through a difficult time. Our Gifts of Love are helping Nikaya stay strong and positive during her battle with cancer.
Nikaya excitedly shared her experience in depth with her social worker so her social worker can refer more cancer patients to CHIX 4 a Cause. Nikaya is thankful for our organization and looks forward to participating in future fundraisers. She highly recommends our services to cancer patients and their families.
You can make a difference in the life of a cancer patient in your community. Donate to CHIX 4 a Cause through our Gifts of Love program today.
Gifts of Love are unique to each cancer patient’s needs and help improve their emotional well-being. Typical Gifts include mortgage or rent assistance, gas or grocery cards, a family weekend away, theater or concert tickets, or taxi or bus passes. Gifts of Love can go a long way toward improving a patient’s quality of life at a time when help is needed not only due to mounting medical bills, but also as they struggle with the realities of a cancer diagnosis.
Make a difference in the life of a cancer patient in your community. Visit http://www.chix4acause.org today. On behalf of Nikaya and other cancer patients, we thank you for your generosity.