This year, again, we will again be collecting boxes of colorful bandages for Noah's Bandage Project during Lent. These need to be special bandages, though, not plain ones; we want cool fun bandages! We need superheroes, princesses and other special graphic bandages especially for children. In addition to bandages, we are also taking donations for Childhood Cancer Research through our normal collections.
Noah Wilson was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2014 (when he was only 6 years old), but never let it change his passion to help others. He always had a huge heart and was constantly looking for ways to help people. His love for others did not change even when he was facing a devastating diagnosis. When his treatment began, he found himself getting pokes almost daily.
At that time Children’s Mercy Hospital did not have cool bandages, leaving the children there having to settle for the boring brown ones. Noah saw this as an opportunity to help his fellow patients and decided that he wanted to start collecting cool and fun bandages for his new friends. You see, Noah knew that a bandage is so much more than just a wound cover and wanted to help others see how awesome a cool and fun bandage could be.
His project got a lot of attention from local and national media. Noah loved baseball and became a good friend of the KC Royals, especially Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy.
To Noah, a bandage was:
- A Badge of Courage – shots and procedures hurt and can very easily bring anxiety to those who have to experience them. A bandage becomes their badge of honor showing others that they overcame something scary. It helps them show off how brave they are!
- An identity – especially on a cancer floor, where kids wear similar hospital gowns, are bald, and end up looking a lot alike, a bandage becomes a way that a child can express themselves and share with others the things they think are cool.
- Fun – Kids battling sickness of any kind need all the fun we can give them!
Noah also learned that when it comes to funding cancer research for kids, there is very little support. In fact, only 4% of the U.S. national cancer research budget goes to kids…4%!! So, Noah wanted to help in this area too, and takes money that is donated to his project and turns it into grants for pediatric cancer research.
Noah passed away in June of 2015, but not before starting his Bandage Project, which is now a 501.c.3 foundation and making a huge difference in the world. In honor of Noah and his legacy, Noah’s Bandage Project continues and will continue to help kids all across the globe. To date, NBP has collected over 90,000 boxes of bandages and raised $500,000 for pediatric cancer research. By the way, Noah is Father Randy’s grandson!
The bandage collection box will be located in the Narthex. Also, if you have financial contributions you would like to give to Noah’s Bandage Project, please write NBP on the memo line of your check. Please put cash in a regular white envelope marked NBP.
For more information, you can check online at: noahsbandageproject.com