NORFOLK, Va. – The Hogfarmers Foundation makes it their mission to help children and families battling childhood cancer.
One of those children was Ethan, who was diagnosed with lymphoma at age 12. Sadly, he passed away less than a year later, but not without inspiring others to help children like him.
“Ethan wanted every kid going through hard times to have a CaringBand,” said Joe Hall of The Hogfarmers. “It was one of his dreams.”
The Hogfarmers help bring Ethan’s dream to life by donating CaringBands to children battling cancer. The CaringBand bracelet and app helps people send encouragement, support and love to those who need it.
“The child will feel the caring band vibrate or light up,” Hall said. “They’ll get excited. There’s someone thinking of me.”
“When it lights up, it really lights up,” said Corey Johnson of The HogFarmers. “It shakes and it moves and it blinks. The kids love it.”
The kids not only love it, but need it, as they try to keep their spirits up amid a tough cancer treatment.
“The treatment is almost as harsh as having cancer itself, so we can reach out to our social media followers to say ‘hey, so-and-so’, this is their name on CaringBand, we need to send them some love, it going to be really cool,” Hall said. “I can’t wait for the families to get them and get them hundreds of messages of support when they need it. I’m super excited about that.”
“Many of these families are in the hospital for months,” Johnson said. “Just to reach them, they’re so glad someone is thinking of them.”
Within the first week of the announcement of the CaringBand donations, the HogFarmers were able to order enough for 40 children.
You can help them create caring bands for even more kids at hogfarmerscharity.org, while also helping keep Ethan’s dream alive.