As the finale to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation’s incredibly successful Gold Ribbon Campaign held in September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, they want to continue to raise awareness for children dealing with cancer by honoring special young heroes in your community who want to share their story about their personal journey with cancer.
Gemma Lombardi, 3, of Port Hueneme is a beautiful girl who was diagnosed at the age of 2 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. While diagnosed and during treatment, her family was unable to provide a Christmas for little Gemma, as they were in the hospital with her in and out. TBCF was able to provide a Christmas tree and presents for Gemma once she got home from the hospital. Her grandmother was so excited and her parents never expected this.
“Thank you again for everything you did and are doing for Gemma. Gemma will be beyond excited to have toys this Christmas under her tree. Crystal (Gemma’s mom), took the tree to their apartment the first night and set it up for the toys. They’re quite overwhelmed right now, but you’ve relieved some of their stress,” said Gemma’s Grandma.
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) is a non-profit organization providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. Services are providing to families that have a child diagnosed with cancer up to age 18 and continue until they reach 21 years of age. Gemma and her family received emotional and direct financial support.
For more information teddybearcancerfoundation.org.