MILLIS, Massachusetts – 8-year-old Maddie Alexander loves to show off her socks. “Kind, helpful caring love strong brave and smart,” she commented at just a few words on her socks.
Millis’ third-grader has been battling childhood cancer for five years. Maddie and her family are helping other children battling cancer by partnering with Resilience Gives’ Socks with Stories: Paying It Forward Initiative. This month, Maddie and more than 40 other children with cancer and survivors from across the country are donating more than 4,000 pairs of fun, kid-designed, non-slip socks to their local hospitals. Each is inspired by their stories of resilience. Maddie delivered her 100 pairs of socks to Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has been a patient since she was 3. chair for hours and hours,” said Kelly Alexander, Maddie’s mother.
The socks are inspired by Jake Teitelbaum. He was diagnosed with cancer while still in college and couldn’t stand the boring hospital socks, so he launched Resilience Gives (1) Resilience Gives – Resilience Gives. The Cambridge-based clothing company works with children battling cancer. “We know it doesn’t change their diagnosis, but we hope that by changing a small detail of that experience, we can bring a little bit of joy to that journey,” Teitelbaum said.
He brings joy one pair of special socks at a time. For every pair of socks Resilience Gives sells, which starts at $10, they match it by donating another pair to a child in the hospital. So far, they have donated more than 12,000 pairs to children from Hawaii to Boston. They also donate hospital gowns for children.
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