"Ready Bags" help families stay prepared for unexpected hospital trips

Posted at 10:13 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 23:29:46-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Having a sick child can be overwhelming for families, especially if the child has pediatric cancer.

The diagnosis likely calls for unexpected trips to the hospital, and those hospital stays could span a few days.

With parents in a hurry to take care of their kid, they may forget important items like a phone charger or snack. That's where the Roc Solid Foundation comes into play. The Chesapeake-based nonprofit has been supporting kids with cancer and their families for years.

One of the group's specialties is putting together Ready Bags, which are one of the first items a family receives after learning that their child has been diagnosed with pediatric cancer.

During a "packing party," volunteers help pack these Ready Bags with all the items that will help get families through the first couple of days of their hospital stay - toiletries, a comfy blanket, a tablet and more.

There are a few ways that the public can help, either by collecting items for the Ready Bags or donating to the organization as a whole.