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Culinary Care: The NGO that Gives Meals to People with Cancer
Turning My Cancer Experience Into Something Positive
The minute I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew I wanted my experience to be something positive. I saw it as a sign that I’m here to help others who have to go through this. But to be honest, I didn’t know how to go about it. It wasn’t until the middle of my chemo treatments that I realized I should use my blog and social media to share my story.
Even though breast cancer is very dear to me, I knew other types of cancer have their own struggles. I wanted to help. That’s when I discovered Culinary Care. I’ll be honest, I didn’t use their organization during my chemo treatments. But I’d heard of them and I loved their mission.
I Am So Blessed
I was very fortunate to have a very supportive family and friends that pretty much took care of me and my husband. After very long days at the hospitals, we were blessed to have families take care of our meals when we got home. They either made us our favorite dishes or they picked up our favorite foods at different restaurants. It may not sound like a big deal, but honestly, after a long day (especially during treatment days), all I wanted to do was decompress and relax. And not think about a thing when I got home.
Why I Care
It dawned on me during treatments that not everyone is as fortunate as Tre and I. Thinking about what they should eat after coming home from the hospital should be the last thing on their mind. So when I started to feel better, I decided to join the Associate Board of Culinary Care.
What is Culinary Care?
Culinary Care is a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to people who are diagnosed with cancer and their family on the day they go in for treatment. They believe that no one fighting cancer should have to worry about getting the nutrition they need (at least for me, it was a struggle to want to eat) and it should be one less thing they have to worry about. Culinary Care sees it as one thing to get off their plate.
Culinary Care partners with several well-known restaurants in the Chicagoland area such as Blue Door, Chicago Q, Goddess and Grocer, and the list goes on. The best part is that they are willing to work with specific diets. I know that certain cancer patients have to be on specific diets. (i.e. for me I had to have little or almost no sodium).
One Of My Faves
So one of my favorite flower shops is Flowers For Dreams. I was introduced to them a few years ago and I fell in love with their gorgeous bouquets and their mission. Last year, family and friends would send me flower bouquets from them. They definitely made my day!
Why I Love Flowers For Dreams
Flowers For Dreams is more than just creating beautiful bouquets though. They support local charities and every month they select a specific charity to support. So whenever a bouquet is purchased, 25% of it goes towards that charity. By the way, how cute is their flower truck!! (insert a million heart eyes emojis!)
Buy A Bouquet, Give Back to Culinary Care
For the entire month of September, Flowers for Dreams selected Culinary Care as their charity of the month. I am so ecstatic about this partnership because I am passionate about both of these organizations and it couldn’t have been a more perfect pairing. What are the odds that an organization I am involved in and my favorite flower company decided to partner together!
So if you live in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend using the services of these two great organizations, especially this month. If you are in the market for floral arrangements or a bouquet of flowers, definitely get them through Flowers For Dreams. Not only will you get a gorgeous set of flowers (for yourself or to give), but you will also be helping cancer patients and their families. You are giving them one less thing to worry about when they get home from the hospital.