Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—welcomes Giving Hope & Help for its 2nd Annual Mother’s Day LOVE Bags 4 Cancer Donation and Giveaway Event Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:30 p.m.  Volunteers will distribute LOVE Bags filled with toiletries and inspirational items to hospitalized cancer patients in order to uplift them offer support. The niece of Jessica McClellan, the organization’s founder and president, inspired the LOVE Bags initiative in honor of Valentine’s Day 2015. She has battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer, for the past six years.

“I can’t imagine spending special days like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day in the hospital with cancer,” says McClellan, who launched the Giving Hope & Help in 2013 with “The Thanksgiving Birthday Give.”  “I knew that cancer patients needed to be encouraged so I wanted to give hope and help to others who suffer from cancer like my niece.”

Giving Hope & Help distributed LOVE bags to patients at Research Medical Center on Valentine’s Day 2016. According to Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center, the response from patients, families and staff was overwhelming.

“Through this community outreach endeavor, Jessica and her volunteers positively impacted the spirit of our cancer patients, their families and our staff in February,” she said.  “We welcome opportunities that align with Research Medical Center’s commitment to the care improvement of human life above all. These LOVE bags are filled with a message of compassion, hope and indeed, love.”

Giving Hope & Help receives donations from individuals and companies and have created a partnership with Fifth Season Financial who has donated 200 bags filled with items for the patients. They are seeking individual and corporate partnerships to fund the ongoing LOVE bag giveaways. For more information, visit

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