State Farm teamed up with Roc Solid Foundation to provide a playset to Cassidy, a 2-year-old from West Islip who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The sponsorship supports the nonprofit’s Roc Solid On Demand program, which provides playsets to families fighting pediatric cancer anywhere in the contiguous United States. Cassidy’s family received all the materials and hardware, as well as play kits of Roc Solid swag to make it a great day.
Roc Solid Foundation’s mission is to build hope for families fighting pediatric cancer through the power of play. The organization believes that “play defeats cancer,” because when kids are playing, cancer is the furthest thing from their minds. Additionally, with compromised immune systems during treatment, kids fighting cancer often cannot visit public places or interact with other children. A backyard playset provides them with a safe, germ-free place to play.
“It’s hard to let Cassidy just be a kid when she has a lot of doctor appointments and is always at risk of catching an infection,” said Cassidy’s mother. “Having her own playset gave her a safe place she can go to every day. We don’t have to worry about her catching anything on a public playground, and having the playset in the backyard means it’s easy to access even on days she has appointments. She’s already figured out how to swing on the ‘big girl swing.’ And, of course, big brother Mason is ecstatic to have a ‘ship’ in the backyard. They love pretending it’s a boat.”
Roc Solid has been building backyard playsets since 2009, but since Roc Solid On Demand launched in 2020, the organization’s reach has expanded tremendously. They plan to provide at least 700 playsets to kids fighting cancer throughout the U.S. this year.
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