Blue backpacks give hope to local kids battling cancer


NORFOLK, Va. — An effort to lift the spirits of some brave kids battling cancer at The King’s Daughters Children’s Hospital (CHKD) was held on Wednesday.

Volunteers from Gwaltney has partnered with the Roc Solid Foundation to pack schoolbags for their Ready Bag program.

These Roc Solid Ready bags were delivered to families in Norfolk.

When families find out their child has cancer, it can be one of the most difficult times in their lives.

Many children are admitted to start treatment immediately, and some parents may not be prepared for what’s next.

This is where Ready Bags come in.

They include everything a family might need for their sometimes unexpected hospital stay.

Volunteers filled blue backpacks with toiletries, blanket, journal, tablet, phone charger, games and other essentials so the family could stay together during this time and not having to rush home to pick up necessities.

The bags were packed Wednesday at Smithfield Foods headquarters and then delivered directly into the hands of families at CHKD.

Each of the bags includes a handwritten note to let them know they are not alone in this fight.

“I remember sitting in the hospital bed with Sadie when they arrived with the big blue satchel for her, and we read the message and the card. And it was the first time through this whole experience that we felt like we had some hope,” said Morgan Griffin, the mother of a pediatric cancer patient. “Maybe it will be fine, and we really appreciate all that Roc Solid has done for our family.”

Thirty-six bags were packed on Wednesday!

This is the fifth year that Gwaltney has partnered with the Roc Solid Foundation to help support its mission with families dealing with childhood cancer.

Click here for more information on the Roc Solid Foundation.

Related: ‘Ready Bags’ Helps Families Prepare for Unplanned Hospital Trips

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