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I started Lemons of Love as a way to get through my cancer treatment. Determined to make lemonade out of my diagnosis, I created care packages to share with my fellow chemotherapy patients. Handing out these packages was not only healing and uplifting for me, it was a way to connect with the community I now belonged to: people diagnosed with cancer. Though I finished my treatment in 2014, I still feel this connection every time I mail out a Lemons of Love Chemo Care Package to an individual or deliver a group of packages to a hospital or oncology center.
Each package is filled with quality products with a purpose including organic body lotion for dry skin, organic lemon drops for the metallic chemo taste and ginger tea for nausea. We also include items to bring a smile and brighten a cancer patient’s day like superhero socks and a Happy Picture drawn by a child.
While we sometimes update what goes in a Lemons of Love care package, its purpose is always the same: to help ease the short-term side effects of chemotherapy and bring a moment of joy to those who need it most.
To deliver chemo care packages, provide programs and make moments for anyone impacted by cancer. We believe everyone impacted by cancer should feel loved, supported and empowered to live better with a diagnosis.
Lemons of Love, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2014 when founder Jill Swanson Peltier was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. As she began chemotherapy, a friend gave Jill a small gift filled with items to help her through treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew this was something every cancer patient should receive. Jill envisioned giving others the same kind of love and support with a simple gift that makes a big impact. Today, Lemons of Love shares chemo care packages with cancer patients around the world and provides programming at its Lemons of Love Cancer Resource Center in Mount Prospect, Illinois.