Brotherly Love: Cancer’s Secret Angels
By Ukee Washington
CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) — For Jaime Rossano, moments like this are a gift.
She found out she had cancer on October 29, 2010. She was just 27, and her son, Ronnie, was only nine months old.
“My life flashed before my eyes, and I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen to me, let alone to my son,” Rossano says.
Jamie went through a double mastectomy and 28 rounds of radiation. So far, she has a clean bill of health.
But her experience gave her an idea: Why not give cancer patients baskets filled with little things that help? She calls it Cancer’s Secret Angels Project.
“There’s comfy socks, because you really don’t feel like getting dressed in the morning…crossword puzzles, because I spent hours in the doctors’ offices. There’s hats, because my head was always cold. There’s tissues, because every time I went to chemo, I cried. Pretty much anything that you know you would enjoy when you’re not feeling so good,” Jaime explains.
People donate baskets and items. When they’re wrapped and ready, Jaime delivers them to individuals and hospitals.
Today, she’s at Cancer Treatment Centers of America delivering 67 baskets and bags.
“I have a special gift for you today!” she tells Gus, a patient.
“Oh, that’s great!” Gus says.
“I’ve had hugs, I’ve had tears…I just want them to know that somebody else knows what they’re going through,” Rossano explains.
Jaime is collecting donations for another round, including toiletries, post-its, blankets, socks and hats. She could especially use items for men.