Macomb Daily (11/10/20): Holiday Toys Program launched by Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan needs help

By Gina Joseph; @ginaljoseph on Twitter

During the pandemic Christmas will be unlike any before for blood cancer patients and their families, needing help to sustain themselves both emotionally and practically. Among the organizations providing support statewide is the Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan (BCFM), formerly known as the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, and its annual holiday initiative.

"Each year, BCFM collects wish lists from more than 200 families, and provides gift packages to over 500 child patients and their siblings, and children of adult patients," according to a statement from BCFM. "The gift packages help brighten the holidays and ease some stresses for those dealing with a blood cancer diagnosis. During this difficult time, BCFM is asking for the community's help by either adopting a family or donating toys."

Since her first diagnosis, and over the past 14 years, while undergoing repeated treatments for cancer, BCFM has been around to help she and her family. It was her oncologist and a hospital social worker who told her about the organization that has provided her with emotional support check-ins along with many valuable resources and opportunities to help along the way.

To adopt a family visit

To donate a toy, visit BCFM's Amazon Holiday Wish List.

New and unwrapped toys may be mailed or dropped off to: The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan at 27240 Haggerty Road, Suite E-15, Farmington Hills, Mich. Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcome.

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan will collect toys through December 4, 2020.

"Many of the patients and families BCFM supports are unable to provide gifts for their families due to their fatigue and the cost of care in coping with their disease," a release from BCFM stated. "And, this year, families need help more than ever, as they face growing hardships resulting from COVID-19."

For more information, visit or call 248-530-3002.

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