Why Me’s story is one of resilience, starting with a few dedicated volunteers, a handful of families, little money, and first-hand knowledge of the support services that would be most helpful. We persevered through the years, building Sherry’s House while the need for our services grew. In 2020, we faced adversity head-on when the Covid-19 pandemic changed how we supported our families. Through the years, we continue to adapt to new challenges that come our way.
This year, on a frigid Sunday morning in February, a sprinkler pipe in the playroom at Sherry’s House burst. Water poured down all over our beautiful paper cranes, into the kitchen, and down the ductwork into our office. The extensive damage brought the playroom down to the studs and made way for kitchen and office renovations. For the nine months that Sherry’s House was under renovation, our staff worked tirelessly, remaining focused on meeting the needs of our families without interruption.
Resiliency continues to be essential in our everyday work. If you look in the eyes of a child battling cancer, you will see tenacity and resilience, longing to be a normal child. The fact is a family that has a childhood cancer diagnosis is anything but normal. These families are isolated, fractured, and just trying to get by, which is why our services are so important. We bring families together, help them create new memories to last long beyond cancer treatment, and reassure them they are not alone.
You can be a part of creating these memories and giving families hope. Just think of the difference you can make. A donation of…
♥ $100 will buy take-out for 1 family in residence at Sherry’s House. After a long day at the hospital, this will give them a night off from cooking.
♥ $250 will purchase 1 month of chips, cookies, and other snacks to be brought to the hospital for clinic visits.
♥ $500 will send a mother and father away to our annual Bereavement Retreat weekend. This weekend is for them to focus on their grief and the child they lost.
♥ $2,500 pays for one week of entertainment at our Summer Camp.
♥ $5,000 will provide 5 graduating Why Me teens with a scholarship for their future endeavors.
This year, with the help of our friends, supporters, and donors, we helped our Why Me families root for the WooSox from a suite, drop the puck at a Worcester Railers game, get princess makeovers, search eagerly for Easter Eggs at our annual Easter Egg Hunt, catch fish at our annual Spree Day, cheer with excitement at the Celtics, and so many other experiences.
In these last 38 years, we have helped over 1,000 families through the shocking words, “Your child has cancer,” and that number continues to grow at record rates. You can be a part of continuing to create special memories and new support services through a gift to Why Me. Please make your tax-deductible checks payable to Why Me and mail them to 1152 Pleasant Street, Worcester MA 01602. You can also make your secure contribution online, here. Please note Annual Appeal in the comments section.
Thank you for investing in Why Me and our future. Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy and healthy holiday season.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou