Cancer Kids First Launches at SHS


Lindsey Hausmann and Ava Easterly

Cancer Kids First is the largest youth-led nonprofit helping pediatric cancer patients “experience a better childhood.” The organization supplies patients with toys, books, cards, care packages, interactive events, and more. There are about 26,000+ volunteers who are dedicated to the mission, and one of them is currently attending Scituate High School: Junior Maeve Smith is very passionate about helping pediatric cancer patients and has taken it upon herself to expand the mission to SHS.

Smith’s devotion to this cause comes from a special place in her heart. When asked why she decided to begin a Cancer Kids First club, Smith shared that her childhood friend passed away from cancer at the tender age of eleven years old. This tragic loss helped guide her interest to pursue a career in the medical field. Smith stated, “I want to pursue a career in oncology and be a nurse.”

As the president of the club, Smith is expected to reach out to hospitals and raise funds. In addition, she wants to make a difference and be a positive aspect in the lives of pediatric cancer patients–no matter how big or small her contributions. She remembers her friend expressing how grateful she was for every card, encouraging word, and and friendly face that surrounded her during her time at the hospital. 

SHS health teacher Allison Mulvaney is the faculty advisor for the club. She is working with junior Sydney Lydon in her role as secretary and junior Charlie Hartwell, who is the club’s treasurer. Currently, there are about 30 students in the club. The club’s main goal is to raise money to help find a cure and raise awareness for cancer.

Once the club is organized and running, they plan to make cards and care packages for pediatric cancer patients who are currently in the hospital. They are searching for “contacts in the community” who have the ability to connect the club with children suffering from pediatric cancer. The club has already done a successful fundraiser and is looking to organize more in the future. Smith is also looking to organize a car wash to continue fundraising and spreading the word about her newly introduced club, so keep an eye out for future fundraisers! 

Next fall, Smith wants to introduce a “gold theme” for games where students and fans dress up in gold as a show of support for pediatric cancer patients. According to the American Childhood Cancer Association, “Gold is a precious metal, and is, therefore, the perfect color to reflect the most precious thing in our lives—our children.” 

If you’re interested in joining CKF Club, the Google Classroom code is w5ozlqy, and all potential members or interested students are encouraged and welcome to attend the club’s Friday meetings. Students can also join the Google Classroom for updates!