Customized gift basket ideas for cancer patients

Treven Pyles

By Treven Pyles

Posted on July 27th, 2021

Without a doubt, cancer is one of the most fatal diseases in the world. There are nearly 17 million people struggling with cancer in the United States, and unfortunately, many do not receive the emotional support they need. Living with cancer implies a lot of suffering, which is why offering a gift basket to a patient with this disease can mean a lot.

Regrettably, one of the often forgotten demographics affected by cancer are veterans, which includes people who faced the horrors of terrible wars. Every year, approximately 40,000 veterans receive a cancer diagnosis across the country. The prevalence of cancer among these people is constantly increasing, as most veterans have been exposed to toxic agents in the military, such as asbestos, mustard gas, Agent Orange, or PFAS. Because some veterans with cancer no longer have a family, are elderly, or are at a difficult point in their battle with the disease, they need as much emotional support as possible.

We care deeply about people who are fighting cancer and we want to offer our support through the Kindness Campaign, which is focused on bringing cancer patients a little joy. Most cancer patients are in great physical, as well as emotional, pain, especially those who struggle financially or do not have their families or friends around to support them.

A short introduction of our Kindness Campaign

The purpose of our Kindness Campaign is to reach and help people who are struggling with cancer. This can be achieved by sending cancer patients gift baskets prepared by companies or people who are interested in getting involved in the campaign.

The campaign focuses on creating a strong empathy connection between people with cancer and individuals from outside who want to get involved and help. If you decide you want to offer your support to a cancer patient, you can offer various objects that you think might be useful through gift baskets. We think of this method as a reliable way of raising awareness of the small acts of kindness anyone can do for a person who is struggling.

Get involved in the Kindness Campaign by offering a gift basket to a cancer patient

You can participate in the Kindness Campaign by preparing a gift basket filled with goods that will enhance the quality of life of a cancer patient at least for a while. When people develop cancer, some lose a considerable part of their income as a result of having to pay medical expenses, as well as the ability to cook and clean due to the physical weakness and pain they experience, so any help will be appreciated. We encourage you to be kind and put a smile on their faces.

What is special about this campaign is the possibility to interact with cancer patients through a customized present that you think is beneficial for the person. You have the opportunity to offer a gift that is healthy and good for their recovery. There are many possible combinations you can make and we are here to offer you guidance in choosing the right products for the gift basket so everyone can enjoy this campaign's idea of reciprocity and connection.

Ideas you can use when preparing your gift basket

Before considering getting involved in the Kindness Campaign, we invite you to take a look at the things you can include in your gift basket and to be mindful of some of the following aspects.

What type of cancer is the patient suffering from?

Depending on the affected body area, there are different beneficial foods the patient can enjoy. If you know what type of cancer the patient is suffering from, we advise you to add in the gift basket the right foods or meals for their specific problem. Here are some vegetable and fruit recommendations for some of the most common types of cancer:

  • colon cancer: beans, berries, carrots, broccoli, nuts, spinach
  • stomach cancer: apples, walnuts, cauliflower, carrots, oatmeal
  • lung cancer: watercress, pears, berries, grapes, whole grains
  • breast cancer: kale, spinach, oranges, lemons, avocados

Hobbies and recreational activities cancer patients might enjoy

Being hospitalized for a life-threatening disease such as cancer comes with many challenges. It is important for patients to rest, relax, and undergo their treatment in a good mood for better chances of recovery. Socializing and letting themselves be immersed in various recreational activities might boost their confidence and even make them enjoy the time spent in the hospital. If you want to help cancer patients in this area, we recommend you to add to your gift basket the following products:

  • coloring books
  • crossword puzzles
  • books
  • board games
  • plushies
  • movies
  • comfy socks
  • fluffy pillows

Family and friend support for cancer patients

Another circumstance that requires a well-thought gift basket is the case of cancer patients who are alone, who do not have enough money, or who do not benefit from family and friend support. For this category of people, we recommend hygiene and personal products, such as:

  • towels
  • pajamas
  • hygiene products
  • cooked meals
  • blankets
  • clothing

It is important to form a thorough idea about cancer patients in general by taking into considerations aspects such as how they are affected by cancer and how you can truly help their situation. If we want to help cancer patients, doing a little research about their disease is very important. You should remember that we are doing these acts of kindness to support their physical and mental health, and getting some facts checked before making the gift basket will make things easier.

Bringing a cancer patient a meal they cannot prepare anymore means a lot to them and their family

We have compiled a list of some foods and products that help people with cancer in their battle against this awful disease. You can use these to prepare a meal for a cancer patient.

  • raw and cooked vegetables: vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, parsley, bitter gourd, fresh green leafy vegetables, cucumbers, cruciferous vegetables, garlic, onions, and radishes contain fiber, carotenoids, and folate, which are substances that boost the immune system of cancer patients
  • fresh fruits: fruits such as oranges, lemons, bananas, kiwis, mangoes, strawberries, avocadoes, guavas, figs, watermelons, nectarines, apples, and pineapples contain important vitamins and antioxidants that help cancer patients fight their disease
  • foods with protein: lean meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, dried beans, chickpeas, and fish are all foods that contain a significant amount of protein, which is crucial for the proper functioning of the body and the brain of cancer patients
  • other nourishing foods: other foods have been found to provide cancer patients with essential nutrients, such as organic flax snacks, organic soups, green tea, ginger root tea, peppermint tea, valerian root tea, dandelion root tea, honey, organic crystallized ginger, coconut oil, dark chocolate, turmeric, quinoa, protein powders and sugarless candies
  • dietary supplements: in addition to a balanced diet, supplements such as vitamin D, vitamin B9, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B17, and vitamin E will provide cancer patients with other sources of vital nutrients

Help a veteran with cancer by offering them a gift basket

We encourage people to become a part of the Kindness Campaign. It represents a great opportunity to help veterans with cancer who are going through great physical and mental pain as well. They deserve plenty of care from us and you will be surprised at how powerful your small gesture can be for any cancer patient.

In addition to cancer, which is a harrowing disease in and of itself, there are many veterans who also struggle with PTSD and other mental health issues caused by their time in the military. For this reason, veterans who have cancer need extra care during their battle with the disease.

A glimpse of our Kindness Campaign journey