Press Release – San Marino, CA September 2016: When a parent is diagnosed with cancer, it can be a very scary time for not only the patient, but also for his or her children. While resources for cancer patients are abundant, there are far fewer resources for kids dealing with the stress of one parent being sick, the other being stressed, and the uncertainty of what lies ahead. San Marino residents Michael “Mikey” (10) and Emily (9) Yessaian, decided in September 2015 that they wanted to do something to help. Creating Hot for Hope was their solution. Through a series of early-morning coffee and hot chocolate sales to parents and students from their school, Mikey and Emily raised enough money to provide 100 Hot for Hope care packages to California kids.
Each Hot for Hope care package contains a fluffy, comforting teddy bear and a book titled, “When Someone You Love Has Cancer: A Guide to Help Kids Cope” by Alaric Lewis that explains cancer in a child-friendly way. Kits have been distributed to children of patients at Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, LAC-USC and UCLA.
“Our mom (Jenny Yessaian, an RN and Portfolio Account Speicalist for Novartis Oncology) works with lots of doctors who help people with cancer, so my sister and I would always hear stories about people being sick. We came up with the idea for Hot for Hope together. A lot of our friends have helped us by buying from our coffee & hot cocoa stand before school, coming to a fundraising party we had at our house, and helping to put together care packages. We hope to grow a lot next year- our goal is to distribute 500 care packages to kids all over the country!” states Mikey Yessaian.
Hot for Hope’s Coffee & Hot Chocolate stands have rotating locations that are posted on www.hotforhome.org as well as Twitter. All coffee has been donated by Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena.
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