Family collecting pajamas for Maryland based non-profit

BERLIN, Md. – Childhood cancer is one of the hardest things a family can go through.

Between the traveling, medical costs and treatments, it can be easy for some families to lose hope and a sense of normalcy, but that’s where a Maryland based non-profit called the Casey Cares Foundation is stepping in.

The nonprofit helps families who have kids with critical illness, like the Terrell family living in Berlin.

The Terrell family is a close one. They spend their days soaking up every moment, cherishing the mundane things that many of us take for granted. This family has endured a battle that many of us will never have to face…a battle with childhood cancer.

Brandy Terrell, Brianna’s mom said, “Brianna was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.”

In just three years, 11-year-old Brianna has undergone chemotherapy, radiation and two bone marrow transplants.

Michael Terrell, Brianna’s dad said, “It’s difficult. It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever been through, no doubt about it. Probably the toughest thing for every one of us.”

One night, when Brianna was closed off to the rest of the world due to her poor immune system, someone reached out, and gave her a sense of normalcy.

Michael said, “Casey Cares sent a pajama package it was great it was for the entire family.”

Casey Baynes, the Founder and Executive Director of Casey Cares said, “With Casey Cares it’s all about those little moments and those lasting memories.”

The Casey Cares Foundation sends out care packages to families who could use a little love and support. Those packages include things like pajamas, movies and snacks, allowing family’s like the Terrell’s to help them feel more at home during treatment and recovery.

Michael said, “Those little bitty things they really hit home and bring focus to when it is time to wind down.”

For the Terrell’s, they say the package reminded them to slow down and cherish their time together.

Michael explained, “You get caught up in a lot of things, a lot of moving pieces driving from here to there, getting him in and out of school, they have medical. So when you have that package sitting there and you’re looking at it it’s like, ‘Okay, it’s time to slow down, time to do a movie night.”

The Terrell family is now paying it forward, collecting donations of new pajamas that they can send back to the foundation.

Brianna said, “I’m talking with my cousin and my aunt about like getting a drop off box at her cheer.”

We’re told families like the Terrell’s remind the Casey Cares Foundation why they do what they do and serve as inspiration for them to keep going

Baynes said, “That makes us want to work even harder and fight even harder to make sure we never have to say no to a child who is eligible for our programs.”

The Terrell family says they’re still trying to work out where their drop off locations will be. We’ll be sure to update this article when that information becomes available.

What they do know is that they will be collecting donations of pajamas up until April 16th, which is National Wear Your Pajamas to Work day!

The foundation is hoping to collect 16,000 pairs of new pajamas by April 16th so they can continue helping families like Brianna’s.

If you are interested in taking part in this effort you can get in touch with the Casey Cares  Foundation at their email casey@caseycares.org.

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