Fun Sock Non-Profit Helps Cancer Patients Smile
If you ask any medical professional, they will probably tell you that a positive attitude can be a game changer when battling a serious illness. When it comes to cancer, doctors, nurses, and mental health professionals tend to agree that anything that can reduce a patient’s anxiety, make them laugh, or bring some joy, can make a difference in their cancer journey and its outcome.
In Texas, one cancer survivor started Triumphant Warrior, a non-profit that brings joy to people getting cancer treatments. The goal of Triumphant Warrior is to get cancer patients to laugh, have some fun, and receive a welcome distraction from their treatments.
How? By giving away thousands of pairs of silly socks. According to its website, these fun socks are intended to “start conversations, build relationships, and create a community of support for the patient.”
Stephanie Howard’s Story of How Socks Helped During Her Cancer Treatments
Stephanie Howard is a cancer survivor. After learning she had non-Hodgkin’s diffused B-cell lymphoma, she endured six rounds of five-day-a-week chemotherapy infusions.
During that time, she received a gift from a friend that would end up making an unexpected difference in her life. She received five pairs of fun socks – one for each day in her round of chemo. Stephanie wore them happily every day of her infusions. Suddenly, all her family and friends began sending fun, inspiring socks for her to wear to her treatments.
Stephanie shares on her website that amidst the cold, sterility of infusion rooms, the socks provided a welcome comfort to her and almost became like armor. The socks brought joy with their bright colors, laughter with their funny messages, and sparked conversations and lasting friendships with other patients and staff members. Her socks brightened everyone’s day and made those chemo infusions a bit easier for everyone around her.
Stephanie was in remission for a very short time when her cancer returned. She went to a large hospital for stem cell transplants and treatments, and her socks went with her. In her own words, she writes, “Luckily, the socks worked their magic and inspired even more friendships, laughter, and joy that helped me get through my treatments.”
Socks became her “thing,” and it was something she wanted to share with others. Stephanie soon began giving fun, cozy socks to people she knew or heard of who received a cancer diagnosis. It became important to her that she spread the joy, comfort, and laughter that fun socks brought to her during her treatments.
Call Rock the Treatment to Send Cancer Gift Baskets with Socks
Rock the Treatment carefully selects items for our cancer gift baskets that can help cancer patients cope with treatments. Our baskets have items to soothe the mind and body and provide comfort and distraction to people getting chemo or radiation. You can choose a large, medium, or small basket with items such as coloring books, healthy snacks, lotion, and socks!
Call Rock the Treatment today at 516-690-7009 to send someone with cancer a gift basket that is sure to make them smile.