Our Kindness Goal
Kindness is doing something good. At Canes & Kindness we choose to do good by helping someone in need. That is why for every cane you purchase we donate a % of profits to help Sequoia.
Sequoia is 15 years old and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in December, 2016. We won’t stop giving to her cause (#SequoiaStrong) until we reach our monetary goal which will go towards her cancer treatment expenses.
Sequoia's Bio from youcaring.org:
Sequoia White is pretty amazing.
Sequoia has a light that shines from within. She is 15. A big sister to brothers Soren and Sawyer. A loving daughter, granddaughter and niece. A devoted friend and teammate. An honor roll student grounded in scripture. A 5’9” volleyball player for the Smithson Valley Rangers and Ignite Club team.
A sophomore on the STEM track with dreams of being an orthopedic surgeon and plans to attend UT for premed and OHSU for med school. She is loved by many. As her 8-year-old brother wrote in a “10 Things We Love About Sequoia” list, she's “the kindest girl” and “the best sister anybody could ask for!” Everyone who meets her knows it’s true.
But she’s in the fight of her life and needs YOUR help.
On December 12, 2016, Sequoia and her mom visited Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio. The lymph nodes in her neck were swollen, and prior doctor’s visits didn’t yield a diagnosis. Talking was painful. She had less energy at volleyball practice and was often tired.
Doctors found a mass in her chest. An oncologist boiled down her symptoms to one scary word: Cancer. Then came a diagnosis — Non Hodgkin Lymphoma.
She was admitted to the hospital that day. Two days later, the oncologist told her treatment would last 2-3 years. That same day she started chemo. They pumped three bags of drugs into her body that night. Her parents cheered as she braved each bag.
For an active teen like Sequoia, Lymphoma isn’t just tough on the body. Just weeks before her Sweet 16, before she could get her driver's license and enjoy that freedom, everything came to a halt. Her new reality included talks of wig options and what office visits would be like 10 years down the road.
But as the #SequoiaStrong hashtag her teammates created suggests, Sequoia is as strong as the giant redwoods for which she is named. She is the same loving daughter, sister and friend who bravely wipes your tears away. She's the same Sequoia she’s always been, not defined by the school she attends, the sports she plays or a diagnosis. She is bold and amazing. Quite simply, she is Sequoia Strong.
YOU can help in a BIG way. Be #SequoiaStrong.
Insurance won’t cover the entire cost of 2-3 years of treatment. Those are years Sequoia won’t be able to attend school and her mother Naomi, a 2nd-grade teacher at Timberwoods Park Elementary, won’t be able to work.
The family will rely on Kevin’s income, so we’re raising funds to help them thrive. Aside from alleviating debt, we want to ensure they’re equipped to handle significant out-of-pocket costs for at-home care.
UPDATE: While we met our first 2016 goal of $7,500, we need to continue raising funds as Sequoia begins her second round of chemo, which will be a 22-week course of treatment. During that time Sequoia will visit the doctor 5 days a week, which means lots more medical bills, co-pays, lab fees and the like. Also, Naomi has had to resign from her teaching position now that family medical has expired, and she has opted to stay at home to care for Sequoia until she is 100% healed. You can help us relieve some of their financial burden!
If you’ve already given to her medical fund, THANK YOU! If you haven’t had a chance, we appreciate any amount you can give. Please spread the word and use the hashtag #SequoiaStrong to share her message of hope!
Team #SequoiaStrong (Naomi, Kevin, Soren & Sawyer White | Elizabeth Ulrich & Will Fanguy | Paula Bjork | Cheryl, Doug & Chad White | Lucius, Keri & Rachael Ulrich & Phoenix Kruger | The friends, family & Comal ISD community who’ve pitched in)