JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local foundation wants moms with sick children to enjoy their special day.
On Thursday, the Believe Foundation handed out free Mother's Day gifts to mothers with children fighting cancer.
"A lot of it falls on the moms during this journey," Tabitha Parson said.
Parson had firsthand experience with taking care of a child with cancer.
Couple Tabitha and Kris Parson started the Believe Foundation when their daughter, Carolina, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when she was 7 years old.
The Parson family started the Believe Foundation after their daughter was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2014. Four years later Carolina is cancer free! @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/mqE6LawNYp— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) May 10, 2018
Now, four years later, Carolina is cancer free.
"In her doctor's words, her scans are perfect. We are very, very thankful for that," Kris Parson, Carolina's father said.
The Parson family dropped off 30 bags filled with gift cards for moms with kids being treated for cancer at the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute.
Each gift bag has a value of $180.
They put together 30 gift bags. Each has a value of $180. It has gift cards to restaurants and the movie theater. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/N6KSFvgE5O— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) May 10, 2018
Over 90 percent of these families traveled to Jacksonville to receive specialized treatment.
The Parson family said their mission is to make the Mother's Day of moms who are constantly by the side of their sick child and will do anything for their family, a memorable one.
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the Believe Foundation had a special delivery for mom’s of children being treated for cancer at UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville. @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/y5VRtyJJyc— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) May 10, 2018
"The whole thing is just to know somebody cares and somebody is thinking about them," Tabitha said.
This is the second year the Parson's have donated gift bags to moms with kids fighting cancer. Having experienced the struggles and sacrifices firsthand, they want other moms and families to know they are not alone . @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/nGicl136TZ— Christy Turner (@ChristyANJax) May 10, 2018
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