The 4th way that ECBC helps hospitalized kids thrive through treatment is by providing kids at CHOC who are newly diagnosed with cancer a Read Think Thrive (RTT) Bag. The RTT Bag is a canvas tote bag filled with 10 high quality books curated by age and gender of the child, a “Read Think Thrive Challenge” with art supplies and blank literary-themed materials (i.e., blank books, blank comic books) to inspire recipients to respond creatively to the books, and various other ECBC/book themed items (e.g., bookmark, book light). The bag comes with a letter from Ethan that shares his experience with reading through his cancer treatment and encourages kids to make reading (and thinking/talking about books) part of their cancer journey. Ethan reminds the recipient that the tote bag that the supplies come in can be used in future hospital visits to always bring books with them to the hospital. The hope is that this Bag will help cancer warriors make books and reading part of their everyday tools that help them thrive through treatment.
To support ECBC’s Read Think Thrive Bag program, go to https://runsignup.com/BOOKIT2020. $30 funds the art supplies that come in the bag, and $125 sponsors one filled book bag with art supplies, books and other items. THANK YOU for supporting BOOK IT and helping to honor cancer warriors during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!