Bob and Susan Williams have spent countless hours and days at the cancer unit of T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.
Throughout their daughter, Sarah’s, cancer treatments, the couple said they hated having to leave the children’s oncology unit to grab a snack or bite to eat when Sarah was sick.
Sarah lost her valiant battle with cancer in June of last year, but her parents have reached out to other families in the same situation with a new initiative called Sarah’s snacks.
Bob and Susan Williams shared their story with the Kiwanis Club during the March 30 meeting at the Calhoun Convention Center.
“Chemo whacked out Sarah’s taste buds, so it wasn’t always easy to know what she would want to eat, but usually something salty was always craved. I began bringing a variety of snacks to the clinic for each visit,” recalled Susan Williams.
“Other kids in the clinic started coming to see what was in Sarah’s snack bag, and there was always enough to share… and from those experiences, Sarah’s Snacks was born,” she added.
Sarah’s snacks aims to provide families with children who have cancer and visit the hospital regularly with free snacks that kids will eat.
“We deliver approximately $200 worth of food to Sarah’s clinic every two weeks,” Susan said. “A side effect that will happen (with a child in treatment) is you’ll go up to clinic one day and then you may not be able to go anywhere and have to stay up there for several days.”
Snack items are individually wrapped, such a, Cheese-Itz, chips, Vienna sausages, slim jims and juice boxers.
In addition to purchasing individually wrapped snack food items, you can donate Costco gift cards or make a monetary donation.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help or make a donation.