The Cancer Care Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital knew that Nurses Week 2020 was going to be different. With Nurses Week occurring in May and subsequently at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, planned celebrations were either going to be greatly muted or canceled all together. With the unexpected changes, the Cancer Care nurses decided to put their positivity and energy to use and give back to the community they serve on a daily basis. They knew that Food Lifeline was working hard to provide nutritious meals to Seattle-area families during the pandemic and wanted to aide in the efforts to feed children during this time. They had a goal to raise $1,000 during Nurses Week and were shocked when their goal was met through the generous donations of Cancer Care Unit staff and families within a mere 24 hours. In total, the team raised $2,330 which provided the equivalent of 11,650 meals for families in Western Washington.
The Cancer Care Unit nursing team at Seattle Children’s is composed of over 200 registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. They work tirelessly to care for pediatric patients battling cancer and blood disorders. They are humbled to be featured by Food Lifeline and appreciative of the continued support from the Seattle Community.