Mackenzie is a normal happy, healthy college student, but her life hasn’t always been normal. In 2011, while her friends were enjoying their senior year, Mackenzie spent weeks in a hospital waiting for a new heart. During that difficult waiting period, Mackenzie received multiple cards from strangers letting her know they cared. That year, Mackenzie got more than a new heart. She received love from the hearts of many caring people who contributed to Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids was founded in 2011 by Jen Rubino, who had undergone multiple surgeries during her childhood to correct a connective tissue and bone disease. She received a handmade card from a hospital volunteer and it not only brightened her day, it inspired her to create CFHK. She was just 16 at the time.
In general, CFHK accepts encouraging cards with messages like Stay Strong, I Believe in You, or You’re Amazing. At the request of hospitals, CFHK asks that you do not write ‘get well’, ‘feel better’ or other comments related to the child’s illness because some of the patients suffer from medical conditions that are chronic, life-long, progressive and/or terminal. Also, please do not include any personal information or religious comments. Hospitals treat patients with various religious beliefs.
After signing your name on the cards, send them to:
Cards for Hospitalized Kids
6567 N. Olmsted
Chicago, IL 60631
Today, Mackenzie is a thriving college student who is no longer on the receiving end of CFHK. She is actually a contributor!! What an inspiration.
Below is a card I made to give to Cards for Hospitalized Kids using the Supermom Set.