Showing Care, Concern and Compassion

No one should face chemo alone.

 With ALL of us working together, we can accomplish great things!

About Us

Who We Are,What We Do

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We are Huggs & Kisses, a Non-Profit Organization located in Chicago.  It is our Mission to show Care, Concern & Compassion to cancer patients during  their chemotherapy experience and beyond.  Chemotherapy treatments can be long, exhausting, daunting, and  uncomfortable.  While we can't change the diagnosis, we are committed to bringing positivity, encouragement, and hope to a cancer patient's life while undergoing chemo. We offer care, concern and compassion to cancer patients experiencing chemotherapy through our chemo care kits.  We choose to call them our "Love Bags".  All of our Love Bags are designed to provide encouragement and comfort.  Chemotherapy patients need lots of HUGGS & KISSES while undergoing treatment, so our Love Bags are thoughtfully filled with things that a chemo patient will need at some point during their experience.  We want nothing more but to be an additional Blessing during their time of challenge and vulnerability.

Our Founder

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Leslie Travis-Cook is a Breast Cancer Survivor.  After being diagnosed and BEFORE starting chemotherapy, Leslie had a dream that she should start an Organization that would provide complimentary chemo care kits to cancer patients.  There was only one problem. She did not know what a chemo care kit should consist of.  That problem would be resolved soon because almost immediately after having her dream, Leslie started her chemotherapy treatments at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Leslie created the contents of her own personal chemo bag based on the side effects that she experienced.  While going through treatment, Leslie was aware that many patients sat through chemotherapy alone.  They also had no "essentials" with them.  After the completion of her treatment, Leslie, with the assistance of her Board of Directors made her dream into reality. Leslie is married to Chris Cook.  She has one son & one grandson.

Fundraiser/Launch Party

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Thank You to all who attended our Fundraiser Launch Party on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Gorgeous Galleries Art showroom in Chicago.  It was a Total Success! We met some new friends, got re-aquainted with some old ones, and most importantly we raised money for a worthy cause. The Huggs & Kisses Team  would like to thank all of our supporters and advocates.  We could not have done this without you. THANK YOU!!!


 

Contribute

Support Huggs & Kisses. EVERY donation from you is wisely invested to help bring positivity, encouragement and hope to a chemo patient's life. Those who donate to Huggs & Kisses can request to have a Love Bag sent to a friend or loved one. We operate ENTIRELY on donations and volunteer assistance.  We appreciate any dollar amount donated..HOWEVER, a donation of $30 will help provide a complimentary Love Bag to a chemo patient.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Events

2019 EVENTS

05/04/2019

Huggs & Kisses Launch Party and Fundraising event

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

10043 S. Western Ave Chicago

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05/04/2019

Huggs & Kisses Launch Party and Fundraising event

We  invite you to join us at our Launch Party/ Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ Gorgeous Galleries Art Showroom 

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

10043 S. Western Ave Chicago

06/15/2019

Gift for Life block walk & Health Fair

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

4849 S King Dr

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06/15/2019

Gift for Life block walk & Health Fair

Sisters Network Inc. Chicago Chapter, A National African American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization Presents a 2K Neighborhood walk to raise awareness about Breast Health and Breast Cancer Saturday, June 15, 2019

@ Liberty Baptist Church 4849 S King Dr Chicago, IL

Registration Fee $25  For more information call 773-353-8854

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

4849 S King Dr

10/05/2019

Sista Strut 3k Breast Cancer Walk

8:00 am - until

1250 W. 119th St

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10/05/2019

Sista Strut 3k Breast Cancer Walk

Sista Strut-Chicago 2019 3K Walk

Sista Strut recognizes the strength of survirors, their family and friends, heightens awareness, promote early detection and the search for a cure.


Saturday, October 5th  8:00 am

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc 

1250 W. 119th St, Chicago


More Info:

Echo Robinson  sistastrutchicago@gmail.com 

312-540-2210

8:00 am - until

1250 W. 119th St

10/19/2019

The American Cancer Society Making Strides of Chicago Breast Cancer Walk

10:00 am

Soldier Field

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10/19/2019

The American Cancer Society Making Strides of Chicago Breast Cancer Walk

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer.


For more info:

1-800-227-2345  24 hours a day



ChicagoILStrides@cancer.org

Erica Acosta & Raquel Nunez

312-960-2311

10:00 am

Soldier Field

10/26/2019

Sisters Network Chicago Chapter Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser

TBA - TBA

Georgios Banquets

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10/26/2019

Sisters Network Chicago Chapter Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser

More info to come

TBA - TBA

Georgios Banquets

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals . Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Little Company of Mary Hospital,

The Huggs & Kisses Team distributed their "Love Bags" to Oncology Patients at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Delivered to Oncology Patients at 3 Chicago area hospitals.

These "Love Bags" were delivered to the Oncology Patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Chicago Outpatient Center, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago, and South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, IL.

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Wednesday August 21, 2019

CTCA Gurnee, IL

The Huggs and Kisses Team. distributed several of their "Love Bags" @ CTCA's newest Outpatient Infusion Center in Gurnee, IL

Contact Us

Request a Love Bag

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Find out how you can help!

We'd love to get our message to your community.  There are many ways to support our mission.  Contact us if you would love to be a Partner with the Huggs & Kisses Team. 

If you are a Health Care Administrator and would like information about having Huggs & Kisses  Love Bags in your Infusion Center, please contact us.

Email us @ info@huggsandkisses.org

Huggs and Kisses, NPO

(773) 908-9455

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Additional Information

Did you know that fresh flowers are not recommended as a gift for Cancer Patients? 

Fresh flowers can be an infection risk for Cancer Patients with weakened immune systems.  Especially Chemotherapy Patients!  Flowers can convey a powerful message of love without the need for words, and as a universal means of  communication, offering flowers to a chemotherapy patient may seem like a good idea, but it's not.


Fortunately, alternatives exist. A Huggs & Kisses LOVE BAG is a wonderful alternative to fresh flowers.  This gesture will show your love and support better than any bouquet of flowers can.


Huggs & Kisses knows about the day to day challenges that chemo patients experience.  Our goal is to make the side effects a little more manageable through the gift of our Love Bag. 


Mission statement- Huggs & Kisses is committed to showing care, concern, and compassion to all cancer patients who are currently in chemotherapy as well as those scheduled for chemotherapy and beyond.


Organization policy – WE OPERATE ENTIRELY on donations and volunteer assistance. We will send a Love Bag next door, across the city, or to another state and beyond.  Those who donate to Huggs & Kisses can have a Love Bag sent to a friend or loved one.


Please email us for additional information:

info@huggsandkisses.org



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Diagnosed with Cancer? The following is recommended:

Newly diagnosed-what you need to know....

Form a good health care team: The best Cancer centers have many different kinds of doctors and professionals who work together as a team - oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, nurses, nutritionists, naturopath, social workers, and others. 


ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF: The members of your healthcare team are experts in treating Cancer, but, you are the expert on your own life. Speak up about your needs and concerns so you can get the best possible care.


REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE: There are many sources of support available to you, including your health care team, supportive family and friends, members of your faith or spiritual community, and others.  There are also organizations that can help.

know the factors that contribute to cancer

According to experts, these are the best ways to prevent cancer:

  • Stop using tobacco and avoid second hand smoke.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Limit your intake of processed meats
  • Consider adopting a "Mediterranean diet" that focuses mainly on plant-based foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  • Avoid alcohol, or drink in moderation.  Moderate drinking is defined as one drink a day for women of all ages.  
  • Keep a healthy weight and stay active by getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Stay protected from the sun.
  • Cover up with clothing, sunglasses, and a hat, and apply sunscreen frequently.
  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. &  4 p.m.  This is when the sun's rays are at their strongest.
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible when you're outside.
  • Avoid tanning beds, which can damage your skin just as much as the sun.
  • Get vaccinated against viral infections that can lead to cancer, such as hepatitis B and HPV.
  •  Don't engage in risky behaviors.  Practice safe sex.  Don't share needles.  Only get tattoos at licensed parlors. 
  • See your doctors regularly so they can screen you for various types of cancer.  This increases your chances of catching any possible cancers as early as possible.

     


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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.  You or someone you know may have been personally affected by cancer, but you can take steps to lower your risks.  Small modifications in your daily life can add up over time. www.cdc.gov