Blankets for Cancer was created in memory of, and as an everlasting tribute to Jordan Avi Rinde, of blessed memory.
Our vision is to blanket out pediatric cancer. Our mission is reduce the suffering of children and their families who are dealing with pediatric cancer.
We accomplish our mission by distributing high-quality blankets to pediatric cancer patients, providing financial support, and raising awareness through various events each year.
The blanket has a special meaning to us. It symbolizes the comfort we hope to create and also our vision to put-out pediatric cancer once and for all. This blanket was developed based on the one that Jordan himself gained comfort from.
Our support also extends to parents and loved ones, who must navigate the unforeseen costs and stress of pediatric cancer. The economic pressure of having a pediatric cancer patient is enormous.
Therefore, we also provide financial support to offset costs such as rent, groceries, utilities, auto repairs, and travel for treatment.
We also help to support families by bringing in positive experiences with special events for birthdays or providing special outings for children to look forward to.
We are a 501-C3 nonprofit organization based in Kirkland, Washington. As such, donations are tax-deductible.
Jordan Avi Rinde, "Bullet Train Jordan" as he called himself, passed away on January 21, 2014 from Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a pediatric cancer that has a 5-year survival rate of 40-50% if diagnosed at Stage IV.
After a 2-week illness arose in July of 2011, Jordan was shockingly diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma that had metastasized to distant lymph nodes. His tumor was the size of a grapefruit and was encompassing his right adrenal gland. He was only 3 1/2 at the time.
Jordan underwent chemotherapy, radiation, surgery through Seattle Children's to address his cancer. He had many complications during treatment, including suffering from permanent end stage renal failure. The renal failure required 4 days a week dialysis for the last 2 years of his life, in addition to his ongoing cancer treatments.
While he reached no evidence of disease in January 2013, he relapsed in May 2013, which led to disease progression and failure to respond to further chemotherapy. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones and left us with great inspiration.
We remember him for his love of running, trains, Lego building skills, and his quick wit and clever sense humor. Regardless of how much suffering he was going through, Jordan always tried to start some good-natured mischief to have fun. He left us with endless memories of his unique and heartwarming perspective on life. He was full of wisdom and love for us and all those that surrounded him.