News Center Maine recently ran a story about the Maine Children's Cancer Program and the "Ouchie Box" which provides a toy of choice for kids visiting the center after a treatment or a check up.

The Maine Children's Cancer Program is in Scarborough and too many of our youngest Mainers seek treatment there for pediatric cancer. One family, the Rulman's went through a cancer diagnosis and treatment with their little girl, Libby. She was only two years old, can you even imagine how scary that must have been for her? Her family is on their second year of the Ouchie Box toy drive.

I'm going to have my daughters each pick out a toy to donate because each child leaving MCCP gets to choose a toy after their visit. It distracts them and gives them something to look forward to. Chemo is no joke and anything to bring them joy is appreciated.

Scott's Disposal in Windham is collecting toys from their customers. All of the boxes will be collected and delivered to the center.

Here are drop off sites:

  • Foreplay Sports Bar
  • Catalyst For Change-Wear
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Dark Harbor Tattoo
  • Amigos Restaurant and Bar
  • Birchwood Nursery School

Little Libby Rulman is five years old now and has been cancer-free for almost two years!

Please keep the Maine Children's Cancer Program in mind when making your holiday donations to deserving non-profits this year.