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  • 2021 Give Back to the Community: HUGS Hawaii

  • Hear the stories of the families HUGS Hawaii helps:

  • Chase & His 'Ohana


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  • At age 3, Chase was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). His family was overwhelmed with medical information and a proposed treatment plan that would last three and half years.

    “We were visited by HUGS staff in the hospital. They brought a toy for Chase, a coffee for me, and an ear to listen to our worries. Through the following years, we were able to participate in family events, respite, parent nights, and parent support groups. With HUGS, we were able to create wonderful family memories and bonds with other parents in similar situations,” said Chase’s mom. “HUGS has supported us over the years in innumerable way; however, there are some programs that our family personally appreciate.”

     

  • Chase, part of the HUGS Hawaii 'Ohana
  • Chase, part of the HUGS Hawaii 'Ohana

    • Case management provides a lifeline: “During our journey, HUGS would call us at key moments to ask how we were and provide resources. They understood our situation. Combined with their experience and knowledge of resources, they were integral to helping us face certain obstacles.”
       
    • Family events offer a ‘worry-free’ and fun family experience: “Our first family event was an Easter event. Chase was weak, had a difficult time walking, but he was so excited that he found energy to participate. HUGS ensured that he had eggs to hunt and it was the first time he had fun since being diagnosed in a safe and healthy environment for immune-compromised kids.” 
       
    • Respite allows social interaction with kids in similar situations and a time for caregivers to reconnect: “Chase did not go to preschool because of chemotherapy and immune system. We were worried about his lack of social interaction, but at the HUGS house, he made friends. He didn’t feel so alone when he lost his hair. He already had friends who had lost their hair, too!”
       
    • Parent Support Groups provide key advice from families who have similar experiences: “We have gained much insight from other families’ experiences through support groups. As Chase was so young, he had difficulty expressing his feelings. We were able to get advice from other parents (and survivors) on what we should anticipate and how to best support him.”

     

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