Created in memory of, and as an everlasting tribute to Jordan Avi Rinde, of blessed memory, Blankets for Cancer, is Kirkland, Washington based non-for-profit organization (501-C3 status).
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 provide socioeconomic support for patients and families to help cover uncompensated costs associated with pediatric cancer treatment such as rent, car repairs, groceries, utilities, and travel costs .
Our support extends to parents and loved ones so they can navigate the unforeseen costs and stress of the pediatric cancer experience. The economic pressure of being a pediatric cancer patient is enormous. One of the most important outcomes in pediatric cancer treatment is reduced psychological suffering that children and their parents endure.
We provide services and give emotional boosts to patients and families like by supporting special events and occasions like birthday parties and special outings.
Our efforts include supplying children suffering from pediatric cancer with one of Jordan’s favorite blankets, hosting charitable events like dinners and races, and promoting pediatric cancer awareness.
The blanket has a special meaning to us all. It symbolizes the comfort we hope to create and symbolizes our vision to put-out pediatric cancer once and for all.
Jordan Avi Rinde or "Bullet Train Jordan" as Jordan called himself passed away on January 21, 2014 from Neuroblastoma 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 at with Stage IV Neuroblastoma that had metastasized to distance 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 conventional chemotherapy, radiation, surgery through Seattle Childrens to address his cancer. He had many complications during treatment including suffering from permanent end stage renal failure due surgery complications. The renal failure required 4 days a week dialysis for the last 2 years of his life on top of being treated for cancer.
While he did reach no evidence of disease in January of 2013 he eventually relapsed in May of 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.
He is remembered 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 he was always trying to start some mischief and 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 all .
See a video below dedicated to his life .