When three year old Sadie Segura and her mother walked into the lobby of McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White the people who were casually chatting stopped and took notice. The two women lit up the room. Child Life director Jaylee […]
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Texas Girl Giving Back For Kids with Cancer

by Scott Clark on March 6, 2014

in Community Involvement

tote-1When three year old Sadie Segura and her mother walked into the lobby of McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White the people who were casually chatting stopped and took notice. The two women lit up the room.

Child Life director Jaylee Hilliard asked, “Are you Sadie and Jessica?”

“Yes,” said Sadie’s mother Jessica Segura. And that began a delivery visit where “Sadie’s Dream for a Cure” deposited 30 toy-filled, hand-quilted tote bags.

The two women gathered the hospital people, and then Jessica took Sadie by the hand and led the group out into the chilly weather to the family car. The back was overflowing with hand-made tote bags.

Presenting tote-bags such as these to children’s hospitals far and near is part of the work of Sadie’s Dream for a Cure. A tax exempt charitable organization, started two years ago, Sadie’s Dream for a Cure has a goal to make the lives of pediatric cancer patients, and their families, a little easier by providing different types of support in a time of crisis. This delivery to McLane Children’s Scott & White was just one of many.

“Last year we donated over 500 bags,” said Jessica Segura.

Jessica told the story of how Sadie was six months old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Months of treatments and surgery followed. She said friends and family did anything they could to help.

“We got our inspiration from all of the people who were supporting us,” Jessica said. “Our goal is to be that for the others families; to let them know they are not alone.”

Now three and a half years-old, and with her cancer in remission, Sadie and her mom travel to children’s hospitals and pediatric cancer centers bringing the dazzling bags of goodies to comfort other children experiencing the rigors of cancer treatment. Volunteers make the bags, donated funds help buy the toys.

tote-2Jessica said the days and hours can be long for a child during a hospital stay, so the toys and games in these bags are a way to help children pass the time in a happy way.

To date, Sadie’s Dream for a Cure has made deliveries to hospitals across nine states, as far away as Florida.

On this cold February day, Sadie and her mom drove down for this delivery to Temple from their home in the Dallas/Fort Work area of North Texas. The bags and their contents of toys were going to pediatric cancer patients, both in the McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White, and the recently completed multi-specialty clinic building next door.

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