Many kids who are diagnosed with cancer 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.
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 at no cost. Shirts are available for all ages, including young adults and infants in British Columbia, Canada.
If you are living outside of BC, please check out zippaport.ca for the rest of Canada or jzips.org and amandahope.org/comfycozy for the US.
Port shirts make a difference
The port shirts are the best thing anyone can think of. My kid loved it. We use to take off his shirt to access his port and he wasn't too comfortable with no shirt on so I started taking a blanket but it slides off easily. The port shirt made it so easy!
The port shirts really made getting meds and blood work a more comfortable experience. Also, everyone complimented D on the tie and dye shirt and she rocked it with pride.
We find it very helpful and convenient, especially with the treatment schedules every week. It is funny whenever the nurse comes in, F is all so ready opening up his port shirt for the treatment. I don't even need to help him. 😊
This is an amazing resource and your willingness to do this for our daughter—these are the little things that mean so much.
The shirts came and THANK YOU! He loves them as do I. Thank you so much. We are very grateful. They are awesome and the designs are perfect!
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!
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