Thursday, July 21, 2011

Why This Matters: from a CCX recipient

"The weekend after my first chemo treatment I received this card in the mail.  I couldn't believe what all was inside that card when I opened it.  Two gift cards to Target, one for Chick-fil-a, and one for Dominos.  It was so nice of someone to do this!  Inside the card it was signed Emily Thomas, and in fine print at the bottom of the card was a website for 

Now we were (almost) totally puzzled.  None of us knew anyone named Emily Thomas.  None of us had heard of The Cancer Card Exchange.  For a while I thought they had the wrong person.  But my name and address were on the front.  And, seriously, it had a Chick-fil-a card in there so it obviously was intended for our family :) 

The return address was what gave it away.  Collierville, TN.  I know one single person who lives in Collierville.  My roommate from grad school, Ashley.  We had just reconnected on Facebook a few weeks earlier, and, interestingly, she had asked for my mailing address earlier that week.  Hmmmmmm......

But I was still curious how The Cancer Card Exchange organization and Emily Thomas fit into the equation, so Amber and I looked up the websiteWe loved it instantly!  You'll have to get on there and read it for yourselves, but basically Emily is a cancer survivor whose family received a restaurant gift card on their first trip to MD Anderson to treat her cancer.  From that kind gesture was eventually born The Cancer Card Exchange.  She accepts unused gift cards or donations of new gift cards (or she even has a spot to order gift cards online directly on the website!) to send to other cancer patients as a way to brighten and ease the journey they are now on.  I've never met her, but she sounds like an awesome creative woman!

Emily and Ashley......thank you from the bottom of my heart for thinking of our family!!  We are so humbled by your generosity and thoughtfulness.  What a blessing you are to so many families going through such a difficult time."

Overwhelmed with gratitude,
Emily T. Thomas

Sunday, July 17, 2011

With Thanks

The Cancer Card Xchange post office box was not filled with gift cards this week.  It was filled with gratitude and grace from people all over the country dealing with cancer. I am humbled and honored to transform your generosity into a moment of happiness for them.

"I want to say thank you for the gift cards I received in the mail. They came at a perfect time. I was having a terrible day and this brought a ray of sunshine. I am truly grateful."

"What a kind and generous thing to do for people fighting this horrible disease. It will help our whole family."

"I appreciate you thinking of me. This is such a caring and unselfish thing."

"Thank you is a simple phrase that could never fully express our gratitude for your love, thoughts, prayers and gifts."

"Thank you so very much for the Walmart and Visa gift cards. I have to travel 2 hours one way for my doctor's appointments. I will use the cards for gas."

Please spread the word to your friends and family about what we are doing. Ongoing donations of newly purchased gift cards or re-gifted ones are essential to brightening the day of more cancer patients.

Overwhelmed with gratitude,
Emily Tickle Thomas

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

July Update

A mom of three in Illinois going through chemo for breast cancer and two local woman (friends of another CCX gift recipient) undergoing cancer treatment, were each sent gift cards worth approximately $100 today.

We have made 19 gifts in just over a month. I continue to be amazed at the generosity of friends and strangers alike and at how fast the word is spreading about our intention to simply brighten the day of cancer patients. Donations have come from as far as California and New York and gifts have been sent to Seattle, Virginia and many states in between.

Your continued support and prayers are essential.

*And we have successfully filed our Charter for The Cancer Card Xchange in the State of Tennessee with the help of Buck Dougherty at the law firm Evans/Petree.

Overwhelmed with gratitude,