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BIG Love @ Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

On September 14, 2004, our three year old daughter, Brooke, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. Over the next two years of intense chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, this hospital, medical team and staff became our home and family.

On February 19, 2007, BIG Love Cancer Care was founded. Immediately, we started providing services to TCH Houston - where our story began. Our first program provided catered meals and gift baskets for families.

At Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric cancer and hematology center in the United States, 91,700 patients are seen annually through their outpatient clinic, and over 30,000 are enrolled in their long-term survivorship program.

BIG Love's Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

Monthly catered meals and birthday surprises provided for inpatient and outpatient kids and families. Birthday surprise boxes provided each month.

Coordinator:
Jessica Creamer

Catered Meals

Catered Meals

Monthly catered meals provided at Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center - outpatient clinic

Coordinator:
Jessica Creamer

Weekly Wish List

Weekly Wish List
Where:
  • Dell Children's Medical Center
  • Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital

Coordinators:
Kellie Runkle

Jessica Creamer

In loving memory of Charles Garcia

Jeremy's New Diagnosis Baskets

Jeremy Mathew
Where:
  • Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
  • Dell Children's Medical Center

Coordinator:
Julie and John Mathew

In loving memory of Jeremy Mathew

Miles of Smiles Holiday Gift Baskets

Malachi Schaefer
Where:
  • Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus, West Campus, The Woodlands
  • Dell Children's Medical Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital

Coordinator:
Kerri Schaefer and Family

In loving memory of Malachi Schaefer

Clinic Toy Closets

Toy Closet
Where:
  • Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus, West Campus, The Woodlands
  • Dell Children's Medical Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital

Coordinators:
Susan Leining (TCH Main)

Jessica Creamer

Angels for Aidan Comfort Cart

Aidan McSpadden
Where:
  • Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus, West Campus, The Woodlands
  • Dell Children's Medical Center

Coordinators:
Jared and Kelli McSpadden

In loving memory of Aidan McSpadden

Hospitality Cart

Hospitality Cart

B.I.G. Love brings a hospitality cart to TCH cancer unit each week. The cart includes small toys like match box cars, new stuffed animals, puzzles, colors, markers, coloring books, baby toys, movies, iTunes cards as well as pajama’s, socks, house shoes, and toiletries.

Holiday Joy & Meals

Holiday Joy Meals

B.I.G. Love delivers various gifts, gift cards, catered meals, desserts and special surprises for all holidays (even summer and backpacks for school). BIG Love provides special wishes at Christmas time, sponsoring over 20 entire families. An entire hospital room is also converted during the entire month of December for families to enjoy hot cocoa, a tree and toys every day!

Unit Carnivals

Unit Carnivals

BIG Love hosts three carnivals (March, July, and October) on the cancer unit each year. Games, prizes and lots of food!

Coordinator:
Claire Rider

Hospital Staff Appreciation

Hospital Staff Appreciation

Our cancer doctors and nurses are very important. B.I.G. Love provides something special to bring encouragement and love like: snacks, cookies, homemade gifts, catered meals, etc. BIG Love provides special meals and gifts for Nurse Appreciation Week.

Monthly Craft & Caregiver Hour

Monthly Craft and Caregiver Hour

BIG Love hosts a monthly get-together on the cancer unit at Texas Children’s Hospital with fun crafts, food and drinks.