Team Jenny Bean Hospital Care Bags
My name is Mike Shaw and I am the proud father of 7-year-old Jenesis (Jenny) Shaw. As a young cancer-fighter, Jenny was inspired by the outpouring of love and support that she received while going through treatment. When Jenny noticed that other kids didn’t have the same support system she did, she knew she had to give back — even in her own time of greatest need. That day, Jenny asked her mom and I if she could give back by providing care bags to other children facing a cancer diagnosis.
Jenny calls her care bags “survival kits” because they contain necessities like soap, warm socks, coloring books, crayons, toothbrushes, and even a handmade beanie for kids going through chemotherapy — complete with a knit jelly bean in honor of her family nickname, “Jenny Bean.” Jenny has chosen to share her journey to bring awareness about childhood cancer and help other kids.
So far, Jenny has used the money raised on GoFundMe and through her lemonade stand to provide 40 care bags, 100 + individual toys, and beanie hats. We also ordered a custom mascot of Jenny Bean for community health education and awareness. Jenny is working with her mom developing a skit with her mascot that she plans to share at local schools this spring to raise awareness and support in our local community. Jenny has set a goal for herself to deliver 1,000 bags each year and now we need your help to make Jenny’s dream come to life.
- $50 provides one child a care bag
- $500 provides ten children with care bags
- $2,500 provides fifty children with care bags
The campaign's current goal is $15,000 which would help Jenny provide care bags to 300 kids but Jenny's dream is to raise $50,000 which would help reach her goal of providing 1,000 care bags this year. She doesn’t want to stop there, though! Jenny also wants to contribute 500 handmade beanies to other children like her who lost their hair during treatment in an effort she likes to call “Kaps for Kids”.
On August 17, 2010 Jenesis Shaw was welcomed into the world by her mom, dad, and 4 older siblings. She quickly became the pulse of our family. Jenny, or Jenny Bean as our family likes to call her, is a strong-willed, expressive girl that is not afraid to share her opinions and her love for helping others.
Jenny loves her school dearly and is a very active part of her community. She participates in Girl Scouts, 100-mile club, and dance. At home, Jenny is an average seven-year-old and enjoys singing, taking photos, running, and cuddling with her dog, Tank. Jenny’s favorite television show is Chopped, and she loves to play Chopped at home with her family. Making food concoctions is one of her favorite hobbies.
On August 9, 2017, just before her 7th birthday, Jenny’s mom discovered two small masses near her rib cage at bath time. Upon completing tests at Golisano Children’s Hospital, she was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor, a childhood cancer that affects the kidney in kids 2-5 years of age. Solid tumors were found in her kidney and liver, but she was a-symptomatic upon her diagnosis and had no signs of illness. There was nothing to tell us anything was wrong. We thought we would go to the hospital and just get her a prescription, but when the doctors detected cancer, it ended up being a 4-day ordeal. She started treatment shortly thereafter and hasn’t looked back since.
Even with her diagnosis, she has kept her bright smile and optimistic attitude. Every Friday night after chemotherapy our family has a celebration to celebrate every little victory, big and small. One huge victory this year was Jenny completing 1.5 miles in the Rochester Marathon after starting her chemotherapy treatment the day before. She is very eager to get back to her running and training for this summer’s marathon. Our family couldn’t be more proud of her strength and determination.
Jenny just finished her last round of chemotherapy this month and we will have to watch her scans over the next few years to make sure she is cancer free. We truly believe that her story is one that can help other kids facing challenges of all sorts. No matter what the odds are, you can always give back. We think that her finding a purpose has been therapeutic to her health and wellness. It keeps her going.
Thank you all for your continued love and support. Please help support Jenny in her mission by donating today or sharing her campaign link: https://www.gofundme.com/teamjennybeancarebags