Nikki personally experienced the lack of teen cancer-oriented support, so she founded Bite Me Cancer with the mission of help close this gap.
Bite Me Cancer’s broad-reaching support is achieved through the Teen Support Bag program. Our Teen Support Bags are delivered to teenagers in hospitals across the country while they undergo treatment. The Teen Support Bags include such items as an Amazon gift card, adult coloring book, stress ball, hat, journal, water bottle, game book and other age-appropriate items.
The Teen Support Bag Program began in June of 2012 with bags being delivered to teens with cancer at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2012, we started small and distributed 100 bags. The program started growing after that with 200 bags distributed in 2013, 700 bags distributed in 2014, 1,200 bags in 2015, 1,200 bags distributed in 2016, 900 bags in 2017 and 1200 bags in 2018, and 1700 bags in 2019.
“Thank you for all you do for our patients. The support bags really do brighten up their day when they receive them, especially after absorbing a ton of information about their treatment course. You guys are making a different and your sacrifice will be rewarded.” (From Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA)
“We have been handing out the bags and teens have been extremely excited about them!” (From Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, MN)
“We love the bags – they are a tremendous hit with our teenagers!” (From Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, FL)
“The bags that we have given out…have been greatly appreciated by those receiving it! Thanks again for all your efforts in supporting teens fighting cancer across America!” (From Lafayette Family Cancer Center, LA)
“Thank you so much for the Bite Me Cancer Teen Support Bags! The bags themselves are great, and the contents thoughtful and appropriate for this population. We appreciate being the recipients of your generosity.” (From hospital in Michigan)
As of July 2020, we have delivered Teen Support Bags to 7,500 teenagers dealing with cancer in almost 130 hospitals to teens in all 50 states and DC! The numbers continue to grow as more hospitals are in need of unique support to give to their teen cancer patients. We raise funds for this Teen Support Bag program so that the hospitals and the teenagers can receive them for FREE. Each bag costs us around $75 to put together and ship out.
If you are a current hospital partner of Bite Me Cancer and distribute our Teen Support Bags, please click here to open the order form where you can order more bags.
If you are a hospital interested in our program and would like Teen Support Bags, please click here for the New Hospital Form.
We’ve also helped establish Virginia Teen Cancer Awareness Week to raise visibility of the issue across the Commonwealth. More personally, Nikki connects directly with teens seeking support through open interaction on Facebook and connections through organizations Nikki has touched with her story and inspiration.