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.
Monthly catered meals and birthday surprises provided for inpatient and outpatient kids and families. Birthday surprise boxes provided each month.
Monthly catered meals provided at Texas Children's Hospital Cancer Center - outpatient clinic
In loving memory of Charles Garcia
Julie and John Mathew
In loving memory of Jeremy Mathew
Kerri Schaefer and Family
In loving memory of Malachi Schaefer
Susan Leining (TCH Main)
Jared and Kelli McSpadden
In loving memory of Aidan McSpadden
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.
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!
BIG Love hosts three carnivals (March, July, and October) on the cancer unit each year. Games, prizes and lots of food!
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.
BIG Love hosts a monthly get-together on the cancer unit at Texas Children’s Hospital with fun crafts, food and drinks.