Research Medical Center
February 03, 2017

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—welcomes Giving Hope & Help for its Third Annual Valentine LOVE Bags 4 Cancer Event. Volunteers will distribute LOVE Bags filled with toiletries and inspirational items to hospitalized cancer patients in order to uplift them offer support.

Jessica McClellan, Giving Hope & Help’s founder and president, was inspired to create the LOVE Bags initiative in honor of her niece who battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“I can’t imagine spending special days like Valentine’s Day in the hospital with cancer,” says McClellan, who launched Giving Hope & Help in 2013. “Cancer patients need to be encouraged so we want to give hope and help to them and uplift them.”

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

“Through this community outreach endeavor, Jessica and her volunteers positively impact the spirit of our cancer patients, their families and our staff,” she says.  “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 multiple partnerships with businesses that have donated items for the gift bags for patients. They are seeking additional individual and corporate partnerships to fund the ongoing LOVE bag giveaways. For more information, visit

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