Hope Totes

In 2014, Fairbanks resident Marsha French came to the Fairbanks Hospital Foundation with an idea.  Here is her story:

In January 2013 my son Parker, an 18-year-old High School senior and a Cadet Captain in the Civil Air Patrol (with a Congressional nomination to the Air Force Academy), was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called RhabdomyoSarcoma. While his peers were looking forward to summer vacation and planning for college in the Fall, Parker’s dreams of becoming a pilot were replaced with fears of upcoming surgeries and months of chemotherapy. Thankfully, with the help of amazing doctors at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and UCLA Medical Center, Parker is now in remission, feeling better and has recently started college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

One of my most cherished possessions during our years of treatment was my tote bag. It contained everything I needed to keep Parker comfortable and myself organized. The idea I shared with the Fairbanks Hospital Foundation was to develop a program to provide tote bags to cancer patients receiving treatment. That seed of an idea turned into “Hope Totes”. The contents will be funded by generous sponsors and through individual contributions to the Circle of Hope campaign. Unfortunately, over 300 friends, neighbors and family members will need a Hope Tote in Fairbanks each year. 

If you would like to support Marsha’s vision and provide a Hope Tote to a cancer patient currently receiving treatment, please use the secure Pay Pal button below or call the Fairbanks Hospital Foundation at (907) 458-5550. The cost of each Hope Tote is $50.