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Child Life Student Establishes Non-profit to Support Families of Children with Cancer

Maddie Packard, a senior child life student, has worked closely with the American Childhood Cancer Organization to establish Happy Hearts, a non-profit organization to help families with the cost of travel expenses while their child is in the hospital for chemotherapy.

Maddie established the charity because of her own experience nannying for a family who had been through child cancer treatment. "I was lucky enough to get to know Greta while she has been in remission, she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma stage 4 at a very young age. She is a bright, loving, sweet, brave girl and brought light to many while she was in the hospital. After being her nanny for many years and becoming close family friends with her family, I knew I wanted to help other families that have children going through cancer."

Through her expeirences in the Family and Child Life Major and Child Life Specialization, Maddie also participated in a practicum experience in a pediatric unit. "Through this experience, I have seen the impact cancer has on children and the stress families go through."

Through this new charity, Maddi hopes "to bring families a piece of ease while traveling long distances for treatment." 

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