From a distance, the handwritten notes on heart-shaped slips of paper don’t look much different from other Valentine’s Day cards.
But a closer look reveals a bigger message for the strangers who’ll receive them:
Fight! We’re thinking of you.
Don’t be down and frown, be happy.
I hope this treat makes you feel special, because you are.
The valentines – written by students at Endhaven Elementary School in Ballantyne – are attached to lollipops and will be given to patients being treated for cancer. The idea is to give them a treat and some encouraging words as they sit through hours of chemotherapy infusion sessions.
Endhaven fifth-graders have been selling lollipops this month as part of a class fundraiser. Many of the treats will be delivered Thursday to teachers, staff and students.
But many others, including extra lollipops donated by teachers, will be packaged for patients at two area cancer centers. They’ll be delivered by Endhaven’s media specialist Mary Kiger and parent Lisa Batts, both of whom have battled cancer. Last year, the school gave some 500 lollipops to cancer patients, Kiger said.
Second-graders Lizzie Walsh and Biffy Skeels are among the Endhaven students who stopped by the media center to write the valentines.
The 8-year-olds included messages like “Eat it, you need it,” on their cards.
Lizzie says she hopes the treats will make the patients “feel really special.”
“My mom always tells me to love other people more than you love yourself,” says Lizzie.
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