I've been a self-employed IT consultant and author for a long time - more than a dozen years to be exact. But 2020 came along and changed things a bit. The COVID-19 pandemic changed how many of us work, where many of us work, and 2020 also changed my family's life significantly as cancer entered our family in March 2020 in the form of our 11 yr old son's Leukemia diagnosis.
There's nothing like learning your own child has cancer - after two weeks of strange pains and illnesses I remember exactly where I was when the blood tests came back and the doctor called my phone. Just like when I heard about 9/11, John Lennon being shot, and the Vegas mass shooting nightmare killing 58 concert goers (and my 20 yr old daughter was not at home!)... you remember where you were when... but it's 1000x times worse when it's your kid+cancer.
Fast forward to May 2021 and I've informally started "Macs 4 Cancer Kids." The ultimate goal - get Mac equipment (MacBooks, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iPads) in the hands of kids receiving cancer treatments - starting with the great institutions giving them daily, weekly and monthly treatments. I've watched my son go through his treatments sitting one foot away from me through chemo, infusions, transfusions and lumbar punctures and these drugs that help also hurt in the form of nausea, dizziness, vomiting and pounding various organs in your body into submission and dropping your immune systems to ZERO. Chemo may be keeping cancer in check or in remission or headed toward remission, but a cold next week may kill them or land them in the hospital for months. It's a rollercoaster.
This tech helps distract them while they receive treatment. It helps them do homework or schoolwork or even online teaching/learning lessons when they are getting treatment or have to stay somewhat isolated from the rest of the world because they have no immune system and therefore no way to fend off what others could pass along to them.
What You Can Do Today - Don't Wait... Cancer Doesn't Wait
Here's how you can help. Do you have new or used (and basically working) Mac equipment laying around? Send it to me for this program - I will get it into the right hands. Still want to help but don't have any equipment? Money will be needed to support this - batteries will need to be purchased, power cords, RAM, other fixes, delivery costs and operating costs as this process grows. Everything will help. So, if you feel led, there are 3 main ways to help... 4 actually...
Passing this info to others who can help
More info soon - but for now... thank you!!! And donate and/or pass this to more and more colleagues... Email me or contact me through the contact form on my site and I will get you the information on how/where and what to send. But please consider helping! Today.... not next week or next month... you can make a huge difference in someone's life and make a doctor or nurse's job easier as they are treating a distracted and not screaming child! I've heard the screams - every trip to the cancer clinic and hospital has them... it's the things nightmares are made of and you can help make that better. Make lives better! SPREAD THE WORD! Thanks!
Donate Your Old or De-Commissioned Macs to Kids with Cancer
Do you or your organization have older Mac equipment that basically works but isn't being used? Kids receiving cancer treatments can put it to good use.
Any iPads, or MacBooks or MacBook Airs or MacBook Pros just collecting dust or ready to get replaced? Cancer kids can put them to good use.
If your organization has any used but basically "working" MacBooks (regular, pros or airs), or iPads, please consider sending it to me for my "Macs for Cancer Kids" campaign (I can fix some things, but working is preferred). Contact me here or email me.
I've seen firsthand what kind of helpful distraction this type of equipment provides in clinics and hospitals when receiving painful and nauseating chemo treatments, transfusions and lumbar punctures.
My 11 year old son was diagnosed with Leukemia 16 months ago followed by many painful and nauseating clinic and hospital visits and more to come over the next several years including the above referenced blood lab work, transfusions and lumbar punctures. In fact, I'm sitting next to him at his cancer clinic right now while he receives treatment and I've witnessed two of his worst days since the initial treatment just after his original diagnosis and hospital stay over the past couple of days.
It's no joy ride. But this equipment can help keep their minds off these painful procedures and distract them when they feel miserable with gaming like Minecraft, etc. It can also help them do their school work online when necessary because they often can't be in school with immune systems at zero during these necessary treatment years. Please consider and contact me through my contact form or just email me if you want to help and can help. Thank you!!