A 14-year-old Bedford County boy delivered more than 200 chemotherapy care packages to UPMC Altoona’s Station Medical Center. The colorful bags will go to patients undergoing chemotherapy at the oncology department there.
Nicholas Collare, who’s from Six Mile Run, came up with the project as part of his effort to earn an Eagle Scout badge. Inside the bags, patients will find comfort products to help relieve chemo side effects, such as dry mouth and dry skin, and other items to make the time pass during treatment.
“Cancer really impacted my family. I lost my grandfather to it, my mom’s a survivor, my grandmother’s a survivor, my great aunt’s a survivor, so it just kind of hit home,” Nicholas says.
Nicholas conceived, researched, fund-raised and assembled chemotherapy care bags for his project. He donated the $2,000 left over from the project to be used for cancer patients.