Time in the hospital means time away from school, friends and the life they knew. It becomes critical for these teens, who are facing the battle of their lives, to maintain a sense of connection to their family, friends, and lifestyle in order to battle their treatments with a solid frame of mind, courage, and determination.
Our Teen Kit Program is designed to support hospitalized teens, ages 13 and older, who are treated for cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. The backpack contains items that are useful and fun to meet their unique needs while in the hospital, or at home.
Our dedicated volunteers help assemble Teen Kits and handcraft Bandana Pillows for over 2,000 teenagers across the country.
Items in the Teen Kits may include*:
- Custom Nylon Victorious Backpack
- Custom Bandana Pillow
- Victorious Bandana
- Bandana Head Cap
- Bandana Band Bracelet
- "All About You" Activity Journal
- Adult Coloring Book and colored pencils
- Playing Cards
- Lip Balm
- Tic-Tac mints
- Fabric Markers
- Travel sized games
- Victorious Light-up Pen
- Friendship Band Thread Kit
- The Victorious Voice Newsletter
* Exact items in each Teen Kit are subject to availability. All items are brand new and Bandana Pillow is plastic wrapped.
Interested in helping support our Teen Kit program? Find out more about Hosting a Teen Kit Drive!
Are you or someone you know a brave teen being treated for cancer or a life-threatening illness and would like to receive one of our Teen Kits & Bandana Pillows? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line "Teen Kit Request."
If you were one of the courageous teens that received a Teen Kit and/or Bandana Pillow, we hope it put a smile on your face! We would love to hear from you! Share your story and/or take this quick survey to let us know what you liked and would like to see in future Teen Kits to help other teens just like you!
"…the kit was a Godsend. Please keep providing these spirit-lifting gifts – they mean so much to the teens receiving them.” - Parent of a hospitalized teen
"Thank you for the bag of treats that the Child Life Staff brought me while staying in the hospital. These gifts brightened my day and were able to make me smile.” - Chandler – Teen patient at Dell Children’s Hospital
"Thank you for your Teen Kit & Bandana Pillow. I received it today during my inpatient stay at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Thank you so much for what you are doing <3" - Karolina –Teenage patient
“The kits are perfect! They now have everything they need to make them more comfortable during their hospital stay." - Child Life Specialist, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson
“WOW! This was a wonderful surprise for my 15-year-old son Scott, who has metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has gone through so much for the last 6 months and was in a 5-day chemo treatment when your gifts came. Don’t change a thing! Thank you for the smiles!!” - Judy from Madison, Wisconsin
“Our teens benefit so much from these programs and we simply couldn’t offer them without support from friends like ARVF."- Associate Vice President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"I have to tell you, I gave Dan that pillow to rest his head on, and he eventually did lie down. He finally relaxed and fell asleep during the rest of the four hour treatment. That pillow was an amazing gift from an angel! Thank you so much for creating these pillows for teens." - Parent of a hospitalized teen