Smiling with Jerome
A voluntary organisation supporting and helping families diagnosed with serious illness, including cancer, and families whose kids have severe disabilities, rare diseases and other conditions.
The Smiling with Jerome Foundation was founded after our son Jerome died from cancer at the age of 20 in 2017. This NGO is run on a fully voluntary basis and we work hard to raise funds for all cancer patients & their families and all children with disabilities & their families.
You will note that I have mentioned “and their families”, as more often than not, many associations do not cater for the needs of the families & carers and as most of us know from personal experience, the care givers also require a lot of support when a loved one is ill or suffers from a long term disability.
All services offered are free, and we have 2 main initiatives:
- The Chemo Bags of Hope, these given for free to all inpatients, kids, women and men, who are receiving chemotherapy at SAMOC (Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre) and patients referred to us by Hospice Malta. These bags are filled with specialised items, approved by the Oncology Nurses, which help patients get through the long hours of treatment and boost their mental health wellbeing.
- 'Jien Kapaci Wkoll!' - On finding that there are many schools in Malta and Gozo without any outdoor fixed specialised equipment for kids with special needs / disability we have endeavoured to start buying this equipment for these kids.
Financial support and support in relation to transport
Smiling with Jerome aims to to provide support, assistance and compassion to families diagnosed with serious illness including cancer and families whose kids have severe disabilities / special needs or conditions.
Smiling with Jerome is looking for 2 types of support:
- Financial Support - this can help them to continue carrying out their two main initiatives, these being The Chemo Bags of Hope and the 'Jien Kapaci Wkoll' initiatives, as well as helping them help families with kids with disabilities when it comes to purchasing specialised wheelchairs.
- A van to transport heavy objects every now and then
Van and volunteers to transfer items needed
The Smiling with Jerome Foundation need help transferring items from one garage to another in the locality of Attard.
They are in need of a van and driver as well as some volunteers to help move these items, these mainly being boxes and loose items. This will be a one-off support needed.
No particular day for this support is suggested. Preferred day is a Saturday.
Contact Josette for more information.