Bob's Boxes is a service that provides free post-mastectomy care packages for women with breast cancer. Filled with useful, quality items, they are designed to make the days after surgery more comfortable and to provide a pick-me-up for women going through this difficult time. So far we've sent boxes to about a dozen women around the U.S. and our hope is to expand so that we can provide a box to any woman who could use one.
What's in a Bob Box
Each box is unique, and typically includes six items. Possible items are:
•Button-front pajamas or a front-closure sweat jacket
•Sparkly nonslip slippers
•Lightweight West Elm throw blanket
•The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen cookbook
•Fun piece of costume jewelry
•Detachol, a gentle adhesive remover that takes off surgical tape residue
•Ginger candies that help relieve dry mouth and nausea
•A handmade owl underarm pillow/friend
Why we need you
All of the money you donate will go toward buying these high-quality items. While we strive to get products at an affordable cost, each box costs between $75 and $100. As we grow, we hope to establish relationships with vendors that result in discounted merchandise. Many of the items we include in Bob's Boxes are made by small, local companies. Your donation helps keep them in business.
My name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in May 2014. Throughout my treatment--chemotherapy, surgery--my dear father Bob was by my side. We had no idea until November that he had an aggressive brain tumor. And, although he received treatment at a top hospital, he died on February 3, 2015.
After Bob's death, my family was heartened to hear from his friends, coworkers, neighbors, distant relatives and others how much they loved and admired him. He was quick-witted and handy, hardworking and loyal--but most of all he was generous. The stories we heard of his kindness and generosity spurred me to find a way to honor him.
Knowing how I felt after my mastectomy, and how I found comfort in certain items available to me, I realized I needed to provide the same comfort items to other women going through the same thing. Yes, I said needed, and I mean it. I need to do this. For myself, for other breast cancer patients and for Bob.
I hope you will help me keep the story of his kindness and generosity going so that no one feels alone in this fight, and so they feel some of the comfort that he brought me when I needed it most.
Do you know someone who could use a Bob Box?
Please let us know if you have a friend or family member who could use one of our boxes. We need shoe and clothing size and a mailing address.
Also, I'm planning a #MoreGoodDays event on Sept 18 at Spin, a ping-pong club in NYC. If you're a patient, survivor, thriver or co-vivor and would like to attend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so now, it will give you bragging rights for helping close that final gap.
Please also remember to follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Bobsboxesorg/; Twitter, https://twitter.com/BobsBoxes; Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/bobsboxes/.
And, if you donate between now and Friday, I will feature you in my ongoing #onegoodthingproject (online at https://www.instagram.com/onegoodthingproject/), which seeks to celebrate the goodness we can find in everyday events and things.
You know what makes it easier, though? Knowing that we have brought comfort to nearly 180 breast cancer patients.
I am so grateful to all of you for helping me keep his memory alive through the work of Bob's Boxes.
Bob was an exceedingly generous person who gave because it was the right thing to do and because it made him feel good. I am so glad I learned that from him. It does feel good!
If you want to add to that good feeling, please make a donation, spread the word, or join me in my social media campaign in Bob's honor by sharing a beautiful or joyous sight, event or other good things using the hashtag #onegoodthingproject I'll be posting one good thing a day on Facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/Bobsboxesorg], Twitter [ https://twitter.com/bobsboxes] and Instagram [ https://www.instagram.com/onegoodthingproject/] and would love you to join me.
Today's good thing is this picture of waffles that look like Bob.
I chose that number thinking it represented 100 Boxes for breast cancer patients. But, we've already sent almost 175 of them.
So, what does reaching that number really mean? It means people get what we're doing and value it. It means that this project has legs, and the potential to be something bigger. And, it means that you all believe in me and support my desire to give back in the name of my beloved father.
Will you help me get to that goal? We are so close.
Hi. How do I go about purchasing a Bob's Box? I am getting ready to undergo a Bilateral Mastectomy and came across this option in my search for an under arm pillow. Is there a way of purchasing a box? Thank you so much for creating such an amazing item :-)
The PR master becomes the Press Star!! GREAT coverage!! Congrats on the continued progress!
I love my bob's box. it was the most wonderful surprise! i can't tell you how much each piece has been so incredibly helpful and wonderful. i especially love florence- my owl pillow. she was incredibly comfortable after my surgery and has been my chemo buddy at each infusion (since i've been having them through my lower arm and hand- she's be been the perfect size to put under my arm) thank you thank you thank you!
Thanks to my granddaughter, I received my gift today. What a great surprise. It sure brightened my day after my recent mastectomy. The gifts are wonderful and useful a marvelous organization. Keep up the good work, surely a blessing. Prayers for you in your journey Rebecca.
received my bobs box last week ! such an blessing..it came on a grey day when I was missing my Bob, my brother Bob, who died 9 years ago..I was sick and feeling sorry for myself, trying to remember something funny my brother would say to make me laugh and then the package arrived !! Everything was perfect and lovely.. everyone loves the cookbook, and the soft lap blanket( a shade of chartreuse which is my favorite color and the color of my wedding.. how perfect is that ?!?) and sweater is exactly right ! Thank you Rebecca and all the angels you help you.. It lifted my day in more ways than one !! blessings and continued love , hope and prayers on your own journey !!
Mail lady just delivered a wonderful Bob's box at my door. The items are perfect, 03/11/15 I head in for my 3rd of 4 chemo treatments. In may I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction and 30 rounds of radiation. These items have brought a bit of sunshine to my day and will help in the months to come. This is a rough road to travel. Going through breast cancer sometimes smiles are hard to come by Thank you so much for Bob's Boxes and a smile on my face. (I got Rosie the owl, so cute)
i just got my Bob'sBox - It was such a wonderful surprise and filled with so many incredibly welcome and useful things. I especially love my new owl pillow. after my surgery i've been having a huge amount of soreness under my arm - the pillow is so comfortable. this is an AMAZING gift! thank you thank you!!