Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund at the University of Chicago Medical Center
Atia’s Project LadybugFund (APLF) is Chicago’s chapter of Project Ladybug, dedicated in the name of a young Chicago girl treated at The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Atia was diagnosed with cancer at 17 months of age and underwent over 2 years of aggressive chemotherapy treatment. Today, Atia is 6 years old and in full remission.
Out of concern for various non-medical necessities, APLF was launched in December 2010. The hope of APLF is to improve the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families by minimize outside stresses so they can focus their energy on what’s truly important – getting well.
In partnership with Comer’s Social Workers and Child Life Specialist, APLF focuses on meeting the psycho-social challenges of pediatric cancer by providing:
When a family is in critical financial need, APLF steps in to cover the cost of groceries, rent, transportation, prepaid cell phones, car repairs, and other more specific items like these:
- An airline ticket for a father working out-of-town who was desperate to get home to be with his wife and 12 month old daughter during her final hours;
- A car seat for a 7 year old girl, diagnosed with a brain tumor, who lost her ability to safely travel by car with only a seat belt restraint;
- Bed bug resistant mattress pads for a family with an infestation;
- Cases of bottled water for a transplant patient restricted from drinking tap water that created a financial hardship for her single working mom.
Ladybug Comfort Bags
Long-term pediatric cancer patients and their families are provided with bags filled to the brim with basic necessities such as hand lotion, face wash, microwavable dishes, reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, toiletries, books, activities, gift cards, and of course… Ladybug Slippers!
Each month APLF coordinates the delivery of lunch from local restaurants to in-patients, day clinic patients and medical staff in an effort to offset the cost for parents and caregivers and infuse some new flavor!
Ladybug Love for the Holidays
For Christmas, Hanukkah and Valentine’s Day APLF collects and delivers toys and goodies to Comer Children’s Hospital with the hope of bringing much needed smiles to the patients, and alleviate some of the pressures of the holiday season for parents and caregivers. In 2013, our Toy Drive amassed over 2,400 toys which were used in the onsite temporary holiday store Comer set up. Those toys were used to stock the shelves so parents and caregivers can select gifts for their children, including the patient’s siblings.