This episode focuses on how The Dragonfly Foundation helps provide a community and support system of others who understand what it’s like to undergo pediatric cancer treatment. Brittany discusses how hospital stays and infection control protocols made her family feel isolated and alone, even while surrounded by loving family and friends in their community
As a mom of three young children, Brittany often felt overwhelmed after her young son, Elijah, was diagnosed. However, Dragonfly’s initial care bag, including a binder with premade tabs, a calendar, highlighters, pens and more, helped Brittany organize all of Elijah’s materials when she was overwhelmed in the hospital following his initial diagnosis. The many items in the bag, and the other gift packages that followed, were an enormous source of joy for Brittany, Elijah and their family, especially during difficult times.
Dragonfly programs—like those at Dragonfly’s Landing and US Bank Arena—allowed Brittany’s family to connect with other Dragonfly families who shared similar experiences. It also provided an opportunity for Elijah and his sister to interact with other children who looked like him at various stages of treatment, something they didn’t see in their day-to-day lives.
Dragonfly is grateful to iHeart Radio host, Scott Sloan, for recording the introduction/closing of the podcast.
The executive producer of Dragonfly’s podcast is Joe Strecker.
The Dragonfly Foundation(R), a 501c3 nonprofit, helps pediatric cancer patients and their families find strength, courage, and joy. We do this by providing ongoing support, relevant materials, and caring, nurturing and transformative experiences.
To donate and to learn more about Dragonfly, please visit Dragonfly.org or text WINGS to 71777.