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Caregiver Stories & Gifts

We believe that caregivers deserve the chance to “recharge, refresh, and renew,” and the support structure CaringOn developed allows caregivers to accept this special gesture free of worry, stress and financial cost. Through donations from individuals and corporations, CaringOn is able to provide the necessary support and services needed so the caregiver has peace of mind while they enjoy their gift, step away and take care of themselves. This time/respite provides the caregiver with time to refresh, renew, recharge and come back rejuvenated and with a new energy. Below are a handful of the stories from our caregiver gifts.

Caregiver Gift Update: The Polt Family

Jennifer Polt gave her husband Rich Polt and her sons Ethan and Samuel a CaringOn gift over the holidays to thank them for taking care of her as she underwent treatment for metastatic breast cancer. …

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For Rich from Jennifer

Jennifer Polt is a beautiful and brave 47 year old wife and mother of two young sons who had a double mastectomy in 2015 to prevent early breast cancer from spreading. When her breast cancer …

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For Richard from Erin

We are saddened to report that Erin Leland lost her battle with metastatic breast cancer this week. Our hearts go out to her loving husband Rich and her family and friends on her tragic passing. …

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Caregiver Gift Update: Josh Lawson

CaringOn recently gifted Josh Lawson 6 tickets to watch his favorite team, the Orioles, play at Camden Yards. Josh wanted his wife Gina and their son Liam to join him and they also took Gina’s …

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For Josh from Gina

Gina Lawson married Josh Lawson in 2015 and they had a son, Liam, who is 2 years old. While pregnant with Liam, Gina was diagnosed with breast cancer and then last year it progressed to …

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For Ruth from Amanda

Amanda McGraw is a 40-year-old nurse and divorced single mother of four boys who is fighting metastatic breast cancer. She has a fulltime job at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital while undergoing chemotherapy and taking care …

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For Karen from Lee

Karen Braxton was my father’s caregiver for four years until she got multiple sclerosis and neuropathy and could not physically handle the job anymore. He adored her and she was there by his bedside when …

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For Dean and Leslie from Ben

CaringOn gave a gift from Ben Layman, who is recovering from brain cancer to his parents, Dean and Leslie Layman, to thank them for their constant care as he went through radiation and chemotherapy while …

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For Charlie from Sina

This past Thursday evening, amidst a very loving and appreciative family, CaringOn was privileged to deliver their latest gift to Sina and Charlie Cook. Sina Cook, currently fighting stomach cancer, nominated her loving husband, Charlie, …

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For Kendall from Princess

Princess Battle is a metastatic breast cancer patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was nominated for a gift by Jill Mull, a nurse navigator there (who is thrilled about this gift too). Princess wanted to …

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For Will from Heather

Heather is a metastatic breast cancer patient whose cancer has returned. She nominated her husband Will for a CaringOn gift of a golf foursome in Nashville, Tennessee. Here is what Heather wrote to us: “Will …

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For Natividad from Jesus Carmen

Jesus Carmen Ramos, a vibrant young woman, is battling stomach/colorectal cancer and wanted to thank her mother Natividad, a breast cancer survivor herself, for her 24 hour care since her diagnosis. Natividad quit her job …

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Fitzhugh Malloy Reflects on Caregiver Gift

Lauren and I had a wonderful visit to MGM this past Friday. I was surprised and humbled by Lauren’s nomination. As you know very early on in our marriage we had our vows put to …

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From Boys Latin Teachers and Students to Sadra and Derrick

CaringOn was so grateful to present a gift to Sadra and Derrick Thomas who have tirelessly supported their son Mattheu during his treatments for cancer. Derrick is a beloved technology teacher at the Boys Latin …

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From Lauren to Fitz

Lauren Malloy, a social worker and nurse navigator at Johns Hopkins thoracic oncology unit, is a breast cancer patient as well. She gave a CaringOn gift to her husband Fitz. They are a young married …

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