We are hoping the CPA community can unite to help SCACPA member Jessica Glenney, CPA, CGMA, gather donations for parents who are faced with extended stays in children’s hospitals.

It’s a situation that, unfortunately, Jessica has known all too well since February. That’s when her 4-year-old son, Brian, was diagnosed with Leukemia and immediately began chemotherapy.

As a way of giving back to hospitals, she and her husband have started an effort called “Little Brian Bags.” The idea is to create care packages for families who suddenly find themselves in the disorienting world of staying in a hospital around the clock.

“Sometimes you get so wrapped up in taking care of your kid you forget to eat or take showers or basic things like that,” said Jessica, who is a Senior Accountant at Greenville’s OnPoint CFO. “The social workers and nurses all agreed that advice coming from another parent was much-needed.”

Each Little Brian Bags costs around $25-$30 to assemble, and Jessica is looking into online bulk pricing to help get those costs down.

“These are all the things I feel a family would want if they were suddenly rushed to the cancer unit for who knows how many days or weeks, like we were. Some families aren’t local, and driving back home to pack a bag isn’t an option. We are lucky in that respect, we’re only 15 minutes from the hospital.”

The items for Little Brian Bags include:

·       Notepads, pens, pencils, Sharpie markers, word-find puzzle book, deck of cards
·       Soap, deodorant, contact solution and case
·       Gum/mints
·       Tylenol, lip balm, lotion
·       Toothbrush and travel cover, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss
·       Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, small hairbrush
·       $5 gift card to hospital food court

Also included in the bag is a letter that Jessica’s husband, “Big Brian,” wrote on how to take care of yourself while at the hospital.

If you can donate items or funds toward Little Brian Bags, please send your contributions to 5 Box Tree Way, Greenville 29605.

There are additional ways you can help the Glenney family.

A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, at Temple Baptist Church in Simpsonville (213 West Curtis Street, 29681) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each pint donated will give Little Brian credits to use when he needs blood products as part of his chemotherapy.

To learn more about Little Brian’s story, visit a GoFundMe page set up by his Aunt Laura.

Jessica has been a SCACPA member since 2014, and in that time she has volunteered her time and energy to numerous Association committees and causes, including the Leadership Council, the Future of Learning Task Force, the Editorial Committee and our Speakers Bureau. This is in addition to the numerous charitable and church activities in which she devotes herself personally.