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A mother's loss inspires kits to help comfort and cheer cancer patients

A mother's loss inspires kits to help comfort and cheer cancer patients
After Laura-Jean Schnupp was diagnosed with cancer in January 2020, she got a second surprise. Doctors couldn’t identify where the disease had begun. Soon, she and her mother, Jeanne Santomauro Schnup

Soon, she and her mother, Jeanne Santomauro Schnupp, began a procession of trips to various facilities for Laura-Jean’s chemotherapy, although at times she went alone because of COVID-19 restrictions."The two of us saw a toddler in a stroller with no hair on her head," Santomauro Schnupp said.In May 2021, Santomauro Schnupp began creating Splash of Color Activity Kit by Ellejay S Designs ("Ellejay S" for how LJ signed her artwork, says her mother) to be given to chemotherapy patients on Long Island.She and LJ had talked about creating a calendar with LJ’s artwork, but there was no time to do it, Santomauro Schnupp explains.

"Her wish was for us to continue this mission of sending positivity and love to everyone, especially those having to deal with the rigors of chemo, radiation and other therapy treatments," Santomauro Schnupp said." With the kits having been distributed to patients Stony Brook Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Commack, Mather Hospital and New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Santomauro Schnupp continues to fundraise, having collected about $10,000 through a GoFundMe.

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