What Giving Comfort Does

Fight cancer with comfort

Cancer is brutal, both physically and financially. The treatment itches, it burns, it makes you exhausted and sick, and because it's so expensive, many patients can't afford the simple things that make it bearable.

We pack our Comfort Kits with high-quality comfort items that are most needed and requested by patients undergoing treatment: A soft blanket, warm socks, soothing tea, moisturizer, lip balm, a sleeping cap, and much more.

At the McKesson Foundation, we work with hospitals, care facilities and service organizations that support low-income cancer patients to ensure that it gets to someone who needs it, right when they need it the most.


Why Comfort Matters to a Cancer Patient

This year, over 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and nearly one quarter of U.S. cancer patients will exhaust ALL savings as a result of treatment costs. Even worse, 11% will struggle to afford food or basic necessities due to treatment expense.

Cancer patients in this country receive an incredibly high level of care from public and private health systems. However, they are unlikely to receive much in the way of basic comfort items to help them get through treatment with dignity, hope and comfort.

The Comfort Kits from Giving Comfort aren’t the cure for cancer, but these gifts for cancer patients do provide individuals with the comfort and caring they deserve.


How a Comfort Kit Helps a Cancer Patient

Cancer treatment itches. It burns. It makes you feel cold, sore, dizzy, nauseous, exhausted, and often sad and lonely. Basic items – a soft blanket, warm socks, calming tea, moisturizer, even a toothbrush – can soothe discomfort and provide a huge boost for a patient during what might be the most difficult time of their life.

We surveyed hundreds of cancer patients and oncology professionals, conducted in-person interviews and focus groups, and sorted through product samples, fabric swatches, prototype bags and more to make sure our kits are as useful and comforting as possible.

But it's not just about what's in the kit. Our kits also send a message to cancer patients that someone cares, that someone is wishing them hope, strength, patience and comfort as they endure the tribulations of cancer treatment.

Watch the video below to see what the Kit meant to Esmeralda.



Giving Comfort, a program of the McKesson Foundation, provides cancer patients with the comfort items they need during treatment.