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Sandy Creek Student Council creates ‘cancer care’ packages

Sandy Creek Middle School Student Council members Alex Paschall, Emily Smith, Brianna Snyder, Faith Bachar, Makenzie Lococo, Taila Hatch, Emily Kehoe, Nicky Radford, Abbey Fitzpatrick, Esther Brafman, Timothy Snell, Morgan Bristol, Riley MacDuffie and Haylie Roberts created approximately 60 “chemo care packages.”

It’s part of a community service project by the group to brighten the day for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Sandy Creek Middle School Student Council members Abbey Fitzpatrick, left, and Esther Brafman tie personal notes to each of the “chemo care bags” they created as a community service project.
Sandy Creek Middle School Student Council members Abbey Fitzpatrick, left, and Esther Brafman tie personal notes to each of the “chemo care bags” they created as a community service project.

The project was inspired by Brandy Snyder-VanRy, a special education teacher in the district, whose personal experience at the Regional Oncology Center at University Hospital with a family member, gave Student Council advisors Karin Johnson and Kimberly Curley the idea for the students to create the care packages for patients to have as they receive their treatment.

The bags include items such as personal care items, a small bottle of water, hard candy, hand sanitizer, a personal notebook, pen, lotion, puzzle and crossword books and other items to help patients pass the time during their time at the oncology center.

Each colorful bag also contains a hand-written note from the students and is tied with ribbons to let the patients know that someone is thinking about them during what is often a very difficult time.

VanRy delivered the bags to the oncology center on April 12.