We Need Your Donations…


Our “Day of Hope” Event is Dec. 31st, 2019

This is our 2016 “Day of Hope” Event. Image copyrighted by Crystal S. Kauffman 2016.

We are currently collecting small gifts and fleece throw blankets for cancer patients at a women’s clinic at a local hospital. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community’s Founder Crystal S. Kauffman will give you the address to send all donations to and answer any questions you may have.

Please help us make 25 to 30 gift bags that have at least 3 small gifts to hand out by donating if you can. With your blessings and support , we can brighten their day with a gift bag that has a few surprises in it.

Also, each women will also receiving a fleece throw blanket to wrap up in during treatment. More information can be found by reading the LACSC ‘s blog and visiting our Facebook page.

Our Mission

Help us spread seeds of joy and smiles, until our members learn to laugh again.

Ways to Donate

Cashapp: $Ckimo

PayPal: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Mailing Address: contact Founder by email at laughatcancer@gmail.com

.Items Needed: 25 to 30 of each (This year Women items)

Gift bags

Small angel figurines

Small stuffed animals

Small diary or journal

Pens

Personal care items

Inspirational plaques

This is our 2016 “Day of Hope” Event. Image copyrighted by Crystal S. Kauffman 2016.

Thank you for your support and your donation.

Wings of Hope Project: The New Patient Bags


angel1Do you have different books lying around your house that may uplift someone’s spirit? The books must be in good condition that you would like to give away. Currently, the Laugh at Cancer Support Community has started to collect books, in order to give them out to a local cancer center in Jacksonville, FL. We also give out a “New Patient Bags”, which is filled with different things that the nurses can give away during the month of December.

These books will be given to men, women, and/or children. We are asking you to send all types of books that may be for children and adults. Additionally, I would like to include Bibles with these new patient bags. The patient generally gets brochures, a blanket, A beanie baby or small stuffed animal, a gift bag, figurines, Christmas cards, Christmas stuff, and an inspirational greeting card.

However, we do not give out “Get Well” cards; instead we add “Thinking of You” cards and “Christmas” cards. Volunteers can donate things like: small toys, throw blankets, Bibles, figurines, bookmarks, books, Christmas cards, and greeting cards. I am the founder and I would like to send more cards, but I would need help. Due to the clinic regulations, we give the nurses the “New Patient Bags”.

I am looking forward to getting this project off the ground quickly, so we can gather up enough Christmas gifts for as many patients as we can. These books will be in a box or spread among the clinic waiting room, where patients can pick a book or two to take home and read it. This is a way to help get patients something that may take their mind off their cancer treatment. They can allow their imagination run wild for a short while.

The visitors can also take and return a book, but the patient or caregiver can keep the book. We need bookmarks with inspirational quotes and positive quotes that will help raise a patient’s morale. Maybe, a church or company can help us make this happen, but for now it is in God’s hands. Thank you to all my friends and volunteers, whose help has made the project successful.

We also have been able to give away these new gift bags for their new patients or existing ones. The life of this support community has changed, since we first started in 2004, as a small local support group. In the past years, the Ning.com community was our home, until I could not pay the monthly cost about $30.00 to keep our network that we built. Many members described it as a Facebook for people, who have been touched by cancer.

Although, we tried several different free networks; I ended up staying with Facebook. However, now I would love to build a new private place or discussion board, where members can share their own stories. Additionally, the members may need someone to talk to or just a new friendship; who they can turn to when they are having good times and bad times. Get involved and become a volunteer, you just need to post inspirational stuff.

I also would like to engage the members into conversation, as we grow in the future. I pray for serious volunteers, who want to make a difference and/or a chance to help a person touched by cancer. The volunteers will help us grow into a place that helps patients. Share new article about health, nutrition, and inspirational post and/or pictures. However, please don’t post information about businesses or miracle cures.

Be there for the members, when they choose to talk to you about their journey with cancer’s touch. Any cancer patient can write their story and send it to me; if they would like to become a guest blogger on my blog. I thank you for continuing to be a part of this support community. I personally would like to create a community where all kinds of patients, family, caregivers, and loved ones can tell their story.

Anyone who would like to help build a free private community or discussion board, please email me. I pray that we can cheer up some patients this upcoming Christmas season. Just a quick reminder, that the yearly “Wings of Hope Project” has been changed, from two times a year to once a year in December. We will have a giveaway every year in December, because this will help us collect more gifts to give out to different centers.

We also take and need small donations to buy a few things for this project. We ne need help with things like: gas, coloring books and crayons, and dollar store toys or items that would lift someone’s spirit. The Wings of Hope Project involves making “New Patient Packages”; which different local nurses can give out to their new patients. This way, the patient knows that there is a network of people out here, who cares about what the patient is going through.

If you can help us gather the items we need, please contact me by Facebook Messaging or by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com. Please discuss your donations you plan to send or your intention to volunteer online and off-line with our Facebook community. We will be working on collecting at least “50 New Patient Bags or even more”, which is needed to give out to the different local cancer centers we visit.

Sometimes, we will visit one nursing home and donate every bag we having, which are filled for patients. They need personal items, so fill up a shoebox and mark it by its contents with either: women, man, or child–boy or girl. This helps the facility in gathering up enough gifts, so no patient is left out. When we are visiting a nursing, I will let you know as soon as I know. Help us collect gifts that can be used to cheer patients up, as well as let them know we care.

Thank you for taking the time to think of others, who are fighting for their lives and remember to say a prayer for them. In addition, I want to engage my members, so any thoughts and help are appreciated tremendously. I am collecting items now, so I have more time to receive enough donations of items or a little cash. My revenue from writing is used to keep our community alive and growing, so take time to read the articles I post on my wall or on my Author Crystal S. Kauffman page.

Please contact me, if you are familiar with monetizing my two blogs on Word Press or Blogger. Thank you, in advance for helping us to obtain this goal, by December 15, 2015. Thank for helping us to make cancer patients feel special, and loved by our volunteers. I look forward to chatting with you about the ways, in which you can help us create another successful Wings of Hope Project this year. Last year, we did not get any children’s items, so we need books, paper, and coloring supplies.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of those touched by cancer, who need to feel special on occasions!

The Laugh at Cancer Support Community on Facebook

Twitter: http://twitter.com/laughatcancersu

My Personal Twitter: http://twitter.com/imogenrayne

Email Me: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Volunteers needed to mail out greeting cards for holidays and important dates like: member’s birthdays, an anniversary of your survivorship, and/or a marriage anniversary. Also, we need someone who would like to post updated health information. This will help members stay informed and will possibly help our expanding community. It would be nice to have a nutritionist or member sharing the best health food website. Furthermore, we need Peer and Spiritual Counselors, for members who may need a shoulder to lean on, so become someone’s Wings of Hope.

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously Published

Build an Illness Support System


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Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic disease or medical condition? Are you looking for a support group, online or locally, to find a shoulder to lean on? There are several types of support groups to choose from, no matter what condition or disease you have. Many groups offer individual help in a local location and some are located on the Internet. However, you must be sure to that you choose one, which will benefit your personal needs.

Online Support Communities

Did you know there are thousands of different support communities on the Internet? They are usually open twenty-four hours a day and can be accessed from any home computer. This way, the families that are unable to visit a local group in their town, due to their condition or circumstances. Many groups offer several types of services and resources for patients and their loved ones. Before signing up, be sure to talk with the members and see what they think.

Local Support Groups

Have you asked your doctor about local support groups in your town? These types of groups will help you deal with your diagnosis or condition? In addition, you could talk to other patients or nurses, because someone will know about an existing group. After you find a group, be sure to talk to the members, in order to learn more about their mission. Unfortunately, most groups usually meet once a week, so you may want to have a separate support system.

Professional Counseling

Sometimes you will need more support than any type of support group can offer, so it is important to find a psychologist. They can help in ways a support group can not, since you may need medicine to help with depression or anxiety. Ask your doctor to refer you to someone he trusts or talk to your church minister about your needs. However, be sure to pick one that you feel comfortable talking to. This is important, because you will be discussing personal things with them.

Family and Friends

Are you close to your family and friends, who live near you? Do you have friends that will drop everything, if you need them? If, so lean on them throughout this frightening time and allow each of them to help you in any way you need. However, if you not close to your family, then it is important for you to lean on members of your support group. That is why it important to look for a group with members you can trust, just in case you need a shoulder to lean on.

Conclusion

Today, there are many avenues for a patient and caregivers to find support for those, who suffer from a chronic illness. Start by researching the best options that are available to you and your family. Be sure to find someone that you trust, no matter what kind of support you need. It is important for you to find a group that allows you to feel comfortable. Therefore, you will find the right support system, which you will need to make it through your journey against your illness..
Previously Published in 2007

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

My Reflections and Goals


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As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city’s local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life 

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment’s notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

XOXOXO

My Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

My Personal Website/Blog 

Author’s Note: I am a freelance author, who can help you with you next project. So, if you need anything, just email me.

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GoodReads

Planting Seeds That Will Grow Paperback or E-book (Children’s Short Stories) Cover PSTWG

Rhymes of the Heart Paperback or E-book (Poetry Collection)

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My Amazon Kindle Page

Wings of Hope Project-Dec. 2014


Wings of Hope Project has started on November 1st, 2014. We will be giving out patient bags to the Shands Infusion Center for Women in Jacksonville, FL. After they are told they have cancer, the patients will receive one of our bags that will let them know that there is some out there that cares about them. Our goal is to make up 20 bags, so please take a moment and help us make someone day a little brighter.

We need small gifts:

Figurines (Angels are a big hit)

Homemade Bracelets

Small Bibles

Bookmarks (Positive Saying)

Journal or Diaries 

Stickers (positive stuff)

Small Day Calendar ( keep track of appointments for 2015)

Can you help us?

We will be giving them out the week before Christmas.

Thank you! 

Please email me for more details…laughatcancer@gmail.com.

Donate Books for Cancer Patients


 

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

My favorite reference book when writing my mystery novels.

 

Do you have different books lying around your house, which are in good condition that you would like to give away? Currently, the Laugh at Cancer Support Community is collecting gently used books for our gift bags that we will be giving out in December 2014. These books will be given to men and women, so we ask that you send all types of books like action-adventure or romance. Due to the clinic we are working with requests, no self-help books or books about fighting cancer.

These books are meant to get the readers mind off of the treatment, while allowing their imagination to run wild. We will also need all kind of bookmarks with positive quotes, whether store bought or handmade. Additionally, we would like for our gift bags to have Bibles in them for each patient and some witnessing booklets. Maybe, a church or company can help us make this happen, but for now it is in God’s hands.

I pray that we can cheer up some patients this upcoming Christmas season. Just a quick reminder, that the yearly “Wings of Hope Project” has been changed, from three times a year to two times a year. We will have a giveaway around April 15th and December 15th of each year, because this makes it easier to collect the gift donations we need, in order to make our “New Patient Packages”. We will be working on collecting 50 bags that will be given to men and women, who have been newly diagnosed.

This way they know that there is a network of people out here that cares about what they are going through. If you can help us gather the items we need, please contact me by email (laughatcancer@gmail.com) and I will give you the information you need like an address and phone number. Thank you for taking the time to think of others, who are fighting for their livesand remember to say a prayer for them.

Wings of Hope Project – September 2014 – Next Give Away


Wings of Hope Project for March 2014

This is what we put in each bag, plus a beanie baby. We had fun and we give all the glory to God.

We successfully completed our Wings of Hope Project for March 27, 2014 give away, which consisted of 12 gift bags full of items that will be given to new patients at Shands Infusion Center for Women. We made up a nurses bag and threw some extra stuff in it, so the nurses can give them away to new patients. However, we need your help to continue the project and help us get ready for our next give away in September 2014. Let’s try to get more than 12 gift bags for our next planned visit.

We do as three times in year: March, September, December. This way, we can reach as many patients as we can during each year. We pick out local cancer clinics or nursing homes to bless with our donated gifts. Please take a moment to look around your house and see if you may have some of the items that we need, in order to make this project a success. Each time we visit them, the nurses are happy to see us because they do not have items give out to the patients at this time due to hospital rules.

Ask your church, school, or organization to get involved and help us to continue to bless many patients  with these gifts of love. For September’s give away,  we will need at least 30 gift bags for men and women.

Items we Need:

Small gifts

Gifts bags

Thinking of you cards

Blankets

Bookmarks

Non profits- organizations wristbands- prostate, cervical, ovarian

Anything to cheer a patient up, men and women. Every new patient will get a bag until they run out. No candy!!!

Together we can make a difference!

Send items to:

Laugh at Cancer Support Community

c/o Crystal s. Kauffman

7192 Park City Dr.

Jacksonville, Florida, 32244

 

EMAIL me laughatcancer@gmail.com

If you send a donation of any kind.

 

FYI: The Support Community cost $30.00 a month to keep it open, so if you can help out in that please follow this link to our donate button. http://laughatcancer.ning.com