Mother’s Day donation honors moms of kids who have cancer

The Believe Foundation

Kris and Tabitha Parson of Jacksonville have turned their daughter’s life-threatening cancer diagnosis into a mission to support families who are facing similar circumstances. Carolina Parson was seven years old when she was treated for a brain tumor in 2014, and today she is thriving. The Believe Foundation, started by the Parsons, is in its fourth year of giving, and just before Mother’s Day, they delivered gifts for the moms of children currently being treated at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.

The Parsons said they noticed while Carolina was on treatment that many of the moms at the Proton Therapy Institute had relocated to Jacksonville temporarily from other states or even other countries. They were inspired to honor mothers who often carry the majority of the caregiving responsibilities for both the seriously ill and healthy children in their families.

The Believe Foundation collected donations to provide an evening out for each of the 30 families currently on treatment at the Institute. Gift bags were delivered containing gift cards to restaurants and the movies along with a flower for each mom. The foundation also dropped off thousands of character bandages they had collected in a bandage drive for the pediatric program.

“We want families to know they are not alone,” said Tabitha Parson. “There is a community of people in the childhood cancer world here to support you.”

 

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