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How a Pint-Sized Philanthropist Is Cheering Up Kids With Cancer—One Bandage at a Time
Cassidy McCarthy is a little girl who's making a big difference for pediatric cancer patients—and it all started with a love of BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages. For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we share her inspiring story.

Cassidy McCarthy was diagnosed with stage 4 renal cancer when she was just 4 years old. Since then, the amazing little girl, now almost 6, has not only beat cancer, but has made it her mission to help other kids going through treatment feel better.

“When I had chemo, I was scared of the finger prick,” Cassidy has said. The one thing that helped boost her spirits? BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages decorated with her favorite cartoon characters.

During treatment, Cassidy overheard a nurse say there was a short supply of these “kid” bandages at the hospital, so she set out to collect 1,000 boxes of character bandages for kids just like her through her Facebook page Courage For Cassidy.

In just two months, she reached her goal of 1,000 boxes—and then decided to up the ante by pledging to collect 1,000 “kid” bandages every year.

When Johnson & Johnson heard about Cassidy’s inspiring story, the company sprang to action and donated 600 boxes of its BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages featuring Hello Kitty®.

Learn more about Cassidy's heroic story in this moving video, which spotlights yet another way Cassidy and her family are doing their part to support other kids with cancer.



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