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Softchoice has been working with Childhood Cancer Canada on a number of events, one of which was hosted at Softchoice’s Toronto office as part of our first ever, company-wide volunteer day Softchoice Cares Day. It was an opportunity for kids diagnosed with cancer to escape from their hospital surroundings and have fun being exactly that – kids.
It was a day filled with face-painting, balloon animals, games, arts and crafts, and even a magician! What you realize at an event like this is how important they are for the families of these children. For every child that is affected by cancer, there exists an entire support system that also looks for an escape.
Mothers and fathers get to see their child having fun and are able to relate to other parents in the same situation. Siblings get to enjoy an event to help take their mind off of their brother or sister’s sickness.
After talking to a parent about her experience with her eight-year-old son, Yaqoub’s, cancer journey, I could see that it has completely reshaped her world. We both agreed that while growing up, we have a specific idea of how our lives will pan out. For many of us that includes going to school, starting a new job, or having a family. We rarely anticipate some of the devastating challenges that one person will go through in a lifetime. It left me wondering what obstacles I will have to go through in my life. What will my co-workers at Softchoice go through? My friends?
It once again makes me proud to work for a company that cares deeply about events like this where the CEO puts business aside for a day to have as many people in the company volunteer. It’s inevitable that there will be struggles in life, but the people who work at Softchoice live and breathe this strong value: we take care of each other.
I’m happy to say that the event was a success, and I loved seeing the kids leave at the end of the day with the biggest, brightest smiles on their faces. It’s something they will be talking about for a while and it’s events like these that pull them out of their current situation and remind them what it’s like to be a kid again. It’s also a reminder to all of us at Softchoice that life is fragile and our lives can take an unexpected turn in an instant, so let’s make each day count!
If you’d like to be a part of the events that Childhood Cancer Canada puts on for kids and their families, you can register here. They are always looking for volunteers who are willing to commit their time to a great cause. As you’re also able to connect with the children and their families, you can see the impact you’ll make in real time.