Megan’s Wings is helping keep pediatric cancer kiddos and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 12 - Join us for a fun Valentine Party at City of Hope, open to all pediatric oncology families. Enjoy manicures & massages, catered lunch and home-made valentine crafts for Parents, Siblings or your favorite nurse!
With compromised immune systems, kids with cancer are the highest at risk group for COVID-19. Many of their parents have had to drastically change their lifestyle to protect their child from this pandemic. A great number are essential workers who’ve taken a leave of absence from their job to keep their child safe. Others have been laid off work in the service industries. These vulnerable families are struggling to put food on the table, pay rent and get their kiddo to treatment.
Megan’s Wings is working above and beyond to keep these kids safe and provide their family with the support they need. We are working diligently with medical social services at the clinics and hospitals to identify the needy families and get them help. Thanks to emergency donor support, Megan’s Wings Patient Aid and Gas Assistance Programs are functioning at a high level during this critical time when our fundraising events canceled, but families needing help doubled. We are helping families with house payments, utilities, transportation issues, food and gas gift cards and more. We helped a family rebuild their transmission who had been previously taking the bus to treatment; no longer an option since it is not safe. Our Gas Assistance Program currently provides 45 families with up to 4 months of gas cards to help get their kiddo to treatment. We helped two families pay for prescriptions their child critically needed and another child get acupuncture treatment to manage side effects of chemo; out-of-pocket costs not covered by insurance. We’re helping an Upland teen cancer survivor earn her Girl Scout Gold Award making care baskets for kids with cancer during the pandemic, and thanks to tremendous efforts from volunteer sewers, we’re providing families with homemade masks. We’ve helped more families pay rent/mortgages the last two months then we normally do in four months......
Ryan, Age 11
Ryan was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in January 2020 and finished his 4th round of chemotherapy mid-April. Ryan is in the hospital monthly for 5 days of chemotherapy treatment, but had an extended stay in April since his white cell count was so low and with the pandemic, it was not safe for him to return home until it raised to a safe level. He and his Mom missed their family very much. Mom says, “We are very thankful for Megan’s Wings programs! The bill assistance we received in March helped us catch up with utility bills, and the gas and grocery cards helped us get back and forth to Miller Children’s Hospital from Covina, and enabled me to leave groceries at home and bring some to the hospital before knowing my family would be so affected by COVID-19. I had to stop working to stay at the hospital with Ryan since state law only requires one parent to stay permanently. Ryan is sad he hasn’t seen his dad or siblings for a couple weeks, but we are praying we’ll all be back together again soon.”
Healthy Living Program
Megan's Wings Gala Fun
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
2019 PAST FAMILY EVENTS
2019 's St Patrick's Day Event at Big Al's was a huge success as Ontario Local 1430, Big Al's & Megan's Wings came together to have some fun and raise money for Megan's Wings programs and services that benefit children with cancer in our community. Thanks to all our sponsors, attendees and volunteers who made the day successeful!
2019 Adopt a Family Program
December 2019 ~ brought smiles, hope and care packages to 66 families in 2019! Thanks to all donors and volunteers who made so many families happy. A big thanks to Ontario Fire, SB County Fire & Kaiser Anaheim who helped us host 3 wonderful Holiday Events where families came for lunch, Santa visit & fire station tour while volunteers loaded up their vehicle with care packages.
California Rainbow Girls Grand Assembly
April 2019 ~ California Rainbow Girls Took Flight for Kids with Cancer choosing Megan's Wings as their Grand Service Project! They volunteered and fundraised for Megan's Wings for a full yr then presenting a $45,000 check to Megan's Wings CEO, Kim Savage at their Grand Assembly in April 2019. We have enjoyed partnering with these unique and wonderfully spirited young ladies!
Thank you California Rainbow Girls for your support in 2019!
Easter Celebration at City of Hope
April 2019 ~ Megan's Wings and Kohl's Cares Volunteers hosted a fun Easter Event at City of Hope for children and their families spending the holiday in the hospital. Lunch, manicures and makeovers were a big hit!
Healthy Living Seminar
February 9, 2019 ~ Families from throughout the Inland Empire attended our Healthy Living Seminar at the Scheu Family YMCA in Upland. Provided with presentations from professionals in the fields of Nutritional Supplements, Alternative Therapies, and Body and Mind Wellness, our Families took home a plethora of information on boosting their child's immune system during their cancer treatments. Families enjoyed lunch and the children made Valentine's Day Crafts and played games!
Agua Caliente Clippers
January 27- 2019 ~ Many Pediatric Oncology Families joined Megan's Wings for a Sunday Funday at Citizens Business Bank Arena for a Agua Caliente Clippers game!
The kids had the opportunity to High5 the players before the game and get some autographs afterwards! Fun day for the whole family and Megan's Wings!
2020 FUNDRAISING EVENTS
With uncertainty, comes strength and unity. When our fundraising events became uncertain and REQUESTS for AID from Megan's Wings doubled March - May, we turned to social media and an email campaign to raise critical funds for our programs, and many of YOU came thru for us! Thank you to all who responded to our Emergency Fund Appeals. Your generous donations are keeping our programs going during this scary time in World History, and helping many vulnerable families keep their child safe from COVID 19. United, we are making a difference in the lives of so many in need. Yes, Megan's Race for a Cure is happen - see link below for details.
Tip the Firefighter
We have postponed the 18th Annual St Patrick's Fundraiser at Big Al's to keep our supporters and the general public safe due to the COVID 19 crisis. We will post the new rescheduled date once decided. We're hoping for a St Patty's Day Party this summer. Stay tuned and stay Safe!
Emerald Hope Foundation Golf Tournament
On Monday, March 16, 2020 Emerald Hope Foundation hosted a Golf Tournament to benefit children with cancer thru Megan's Wings this fall. We are very appreciative of Emerald Hope Foundation's efforts to help families in need who are not only battling their child's cancer but trying to keep their child safe thru this pandemic. We so appreciate you!!
December 1st is
December 1st, 2020 is Giving Tuesday! Consider a small gift to Megan's Wings on Dec 1st, a universal day of giving. Make a Donation on our website or Donate $25 - $50 Gas Card to help fund our Gas Assistance Program helping families get their child to treatment. Be A Part of This Great Movement to help someone going through tough times. Together we can make it happen.
A Simple Way To Help ~ During the pandemic, we are all shopping more than ever online. Why not help a favorite charity, Megan's Wings at the same time! Login to your Amazon account, choose Megan's Wings as your favorite charity and shop Smile.Amazon. Amazon gives back a percentage of every purchase. It's that EASY!
2020 PATIENT EVENTS
2019 PAST FUNDRAISERS
Valentines Event at City of Hope
Feb 12 - we hosted a fun Valentine Party at COH open to all Pediatric Oncology Families who enjoyed a catered lunch, pink manicures, chair massages and homemade valentine crafts! Fun times were had by all!
Halloween Spooktacular Event
October (date TBD) ~ We are hopeful, by October, we can host this fun event safely for our patients and families. Megan's Wings with SB County Fire Dept.is planning a Halloween Spooktacular where Pediatric Oncology Families can enjoy a Spooky Themed Party with Catered Lunch, Halloween Themed Crafts, Fire Station Tours and Trick or Treating. Lots of fun for families battling childhood cancer. Stay tuned!
2020 Adopt-A-Family for the Holidays
November 1st 2020 ~ Megan's Wings Adopt-A-Family Campaign Begins. So many families need our help right now, we anticipate a big NEED in Nov/Dec. Join us to Make Holiday Wishes Come True, and help a neighboring family enjoy Chirstmas! We are accepting applications for Donors and Volunteers HERE!
We lost our daughter, Megan at the tender age of nine after a long 2 ½ year battle with Leukemia. She was a sweet, caring, feisty, outgoing little girl. She taught me to not put off tomorrow what we can do today, to love those around us with all our heart, to be thankful for what we have because it can all be taken away in a heartbeat, and that it is our destined journey here on earth to reach out to those in need, helping anyway we can. Megan was such a kind considerate soul, always reaching out to others even in her toughest times. Megan faced her illness with a brave smile and a courageous heart, seldom shedding a tear for herself. While I held her hand, caressed her back and shed a lifetime of tears while she slept, and after she was gone. I never wanted her to see my fears. I couldn’t take away her pain or the cancer that forced her to go through everything she had to endure to fight it. I could only give her medication, soothe her aches with mommy’s tender touch and put my faith in the doctors and God to heal her. As a parent, you feel so helpless.