Many kids who are diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders have a port-a-cath inserted under their skin, usually in the chest area. The port is accessed with a needle and IV, and chemo is given this way. As well as chemotherapy, ports can be used to draw blood and give fluids, antibiotics, and blood transfusions.
Port shirts allow for easier access to this area because they only have to unzip the zipper rather than removing their shirt. This means kids can stay covered up while making sure the port area is clean and sterile.
WCK provides customized shirts with port access to B.C. families at no cost. Shirts are available for all ages, including young adults and infants.
Port shirts make a difference
Port Shirts were Cameron's Idea
WCK Port Shirts are 100 per cent the brainchild of an incredibly awesome kid named Cameron.
Cameron was a patient on the oncology floor at BCCH when he got the idea for a shirt with a zipper that could easily expose his chest port while still keeping the rest of his chest and tummy covered up. And he didn't just want this for himself, but he thought about ALL the kids that could benefit from this type of adapted shirt!
Cameron's inspiring idea is helping kids preserve and maintain their dignity while going through treatment. What started as Cameron's thoughtful idea has blossomed into our Port Shirt program.
Cameron, from the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of all the kids you're helping, thank you!
Thank You to our partners and donors for supporting the Port Shirts program
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