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Pearland,TX -- Members of the local nonprofit, KidsRStrong2 (KRS2), which is based out of Pearland, TX, recently spent the day visiting patients and families in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, to spread joy and put smiles on the faces of those admitted for treatment.
“This has become a yearly effort for us that we are extremely proud to do for the young patients,” said KidsRStrong2 Founder and President, Tomika Gamble.
Each year right before Easter, KRS2 volunteers put together tons of baskets filled with goodies to be distributed to children battling life-threatening illnesses. This year alone the team of volunteers put together 80 baskets and delivered them to Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“We always have a great time putting together the baskets, and then taking our volunteers on a tour of the hospital, so that they can have a clear understanding of why we do what we do at KidsRStrong2,” added Gamble.
This year joining the volunteer team was the Quindoy family, who recently lost their daughter Mikayla to DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer.
“The Quindoys have been such a great addition to the KRS2 volunteer team. They are committed to giving back and helping others as much as possible, which we truly appreciate,” said Gamble.
“We are thankful for all that KRS2 has done for our family, and continues to do for other families in need. It is a pleasure for us to assist as much as possible, as it is not only allowing us to give back to others, but our volunteerism is also helping our family to heal during the process,” said Rodney Quindoy, father of Mikayla, who passed away December 2015.
In addition to distributing baskets to the children, KRS2 partnered with EZ-Line Pipe Support of Manvel to provide a fajita dinner, catered by Pappasitos Cantina, for the families.
“Oftentimes families of patients do not eat while in the hospital. It typically just isn’t their focus, and it can also get very expensive to eat out everyday that your child is admitted, especially considering that some families are admitted for months at a time,” said Jai Collier, KRS2 board member and local realtor and attorney at law. “At KidsRStrong2 we like to fill in the gaps as much as possible, and help in needed areas. Food for families is a major need.”
To learn more about KidsRStrong2 and assist in their efforts of giving back to communities throughout Texas, visit www.kidsrstrong2.org.
Pictured: Young cancer patient, Daniel, with his father while admitted in the hospital. Also in the photo is Dana Clark, KRS2 board member and local educator and music artist, who had the opportunity to sing an inspirational song to Daniel to help him feel a little better. Dana leads up the KRS2 Musical Therapy program, which is another offering of KidsRStrong2.
KidsRStrong2, also known as KRS2, is a local nonprofit with a mission of supporting children with life-threatening illnesses, in the areas of special programs, research and scholarships for survivors. Founded in 2013 by Tomika Gamble, mother of young cancer patient, Isaiah, the organization focuses on filling the gaps and helping local families during what may be the most difficult time in their lives. KidsRStrong2 is fighting for kids today, so that they can live tomorrow.