Mom Creates 'Sleevies' To Help Pediatric Cancer Patients
Caroline Chang's life completely changed in 2014, when her 15 month old son, Wes was diagnosed with stage IV high risk neuroblastoma.
Chang was immediately thrust into the world of pediatric cancer and all that came along with it. Hospital visits, chemotherapy, and, IV tubes...
Because of her son's activity level, Chang was inspired to create her first-ever "sleevie" after she noticed Wes' PICC line (or IV tubes) hanging from his arm. "Sleevies" are cool and colorful sleeves that kids can wear to protect the IV tubes (or PICC lines) that hang from their bodies. They're made from re-engineered adult socks and they have cool designs on them like Captain America, Yoda or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; they can even be custom-made.
Once Wes started wearing them on his hospital visits, other parents commented how incredibly cool and helpful they were. Seeing how popular they were, she decided to create the Etsy shop "PICCSTAR" for kids who rock a PICC line. She also created a "Pocket Tank" that kids can wear to keep their chest tubes from dangling.
Wes reached remission (or NED status – no evidence of disease) and has remained that way for two and a half years. Today, he's an active and happy 4-year-old who loves getting dirty, playing in the water and dancing to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling."
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