ACCOIN is there to help when kids and families get tough news | Give Guide | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander
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With an office in the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, ACCOIN can be there quickly for children when they need them.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it’s like “all the air is immediately sucked out of the room,” said Leslie Woodfill, executive director of the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest (ACCOIN). Many parents and children are rightly overwhelmed by the life-changing news. To “bring a breath of fresh air to the family,” ACCOIN comes in with a comfort bag filled with all the tools and supplies a family needs while struggling with childhood cancer.
With an office in the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, ACCOIN can be there quickly for children when they need them. ACCOIN employees and volunteers bring the children everything that can give them any kind of comfort – sometimes it’s something simple. Woodfill says it’s amazing what even a bag of Cheetos can do.
Woodfill felt inspired to become a part of ACCOIN after working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and watching children deal with cancer. “If you’ve ever seen a kid fight cancer, you’ve seen real courage and courage. Just amazing power,” she notes. “There’s a little guy in the hospital battling liver cancer, and you’ll get a smile from behind that pacifier.”
ACCOIN states that a “donation takes a deep breath to a parent whose child has cancer. It brings joy to a child when they are afraid. It brings relief to a parent who is struggling to pay their bills. It provides resource information to the child and their parents.” “It provides snacks and toys to help when a child needs a procedure. It provides a comfort bag filled with the things a family needs while coping with childhood cancer.”
All donations to ACCOIN raised in the community will stay in the community and help children and parents in the Native Northwest treat childhood cancer. ♦
To donate, visit acco.org/inlandnw/donate. On Thursday, September 9, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, ACCOIN supporter Wake Up Call will be offering special $3 drinks at all 10 Inland Northwest locations, with one dollar from each going towards the effort. And on September 25, ACCOIN is hosting its 17th annual Light the Way auction, virtually. For more information, visit one.bidpal.net/accoin/welcome