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, and 900 bags in 2017.
“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 January 2018, we have delivered 4,500 Teen Support Bags to 95 hospitals in 41 states and Washington, D.C., and that number continues to increase. Our growth has been achieved through the generous support of our corporate and individual sponsors, independent grants and fundraising events.
Use the map below to explore the location of our existing partner hospitals and check back often as new ones are added:
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.