To deliver chemo care packages, provide programs and make moments for anyone impacted by cancer.
Lemons of Love, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2014 when founder Jill Swanson Peltier was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer. As she began chemotherapy, a friend gave Jill a small gift filled with items to help her through treatment. Touched by the kindness and thoughtfulness of this gift, she knew this was something every cancer patient should receive. Jill envisioned giving others the same kind of love and support with a simple gift that makes a big impact. Today, Lemons of Love shares chemo care packages with cancer patients around the world and provides programming at its Lemons of Love Cancer Resource Center in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
At Lemons of Love, we’re focused on supporting anyone impacted by cancer, from sharing care packages to providing psychosocial programs as they navigate survivorship.
It can be difficult to know how to help family, friends and coworkers who are diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment. Sending a Lemons of Love chemo care package is a way to show support from near or far. Our packages are filled with quality products with a purpose to help ease the short-term side effects of treatment and are designed to brighten a cancer patient’s day.
We know about the little, day-to-day challenges that an individual impacted with cancer is faced with. We hope to provide some insight about the effects of chemotherapy and make those short-term side effects, like dry skin and cold toes, a little more manageable through the gift of a chemo care package. Those who donate to Lemons of Love can request to have a chemo care package sent to a friend or loved one. Sending a Lemons of Love chemo care packages is a way to show your support, from near or far. In addition to sending individual care packages, we also assemble and deliver packages to patients in hospitals and cancer centers.
The original Lemons of Love chemo care packages was created for adults in cancer treatment. We have since added chemo care packages designed for veterans in cancer treatment, as well as children and their family. Lemons of Love was also inspired by a dear four-legged friend to build a chemo care package fit for pets diagnosed with cancer.GO TO CHEMO CARE PACKAGES
In 2018, we opened the Lemons of Love Cancer Resource Center in Mt. Prospect, IL. The goal of the Center is to provide wellness classes, educational programming, and opportunities to build community for those impacted by cancer--including survivors, caregivers and loved ones.GO TO CANCER RESOURCE CENTER
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Jill Swanson Peltier is the founder of Lemons of Love and owner of FAST Cooling. Diagnosed with late stage colon cancer in 2014, Jill was fortunate to have the support of her family, friends and motorsport community as she faced surgery and began six months of grueling chemotherapy. But when she went to her first treatment, Jill was unprepared for how isolating the process can be—and that many people undergo treatment alone.
Determined to make lemonade from her diagnosis and inspired by a gift from a friend, Jill found a way to connect with her new community. She began making care packages and shared them with fellow patients during her own treatment. The impact of this small act of kindness was instant and powerful. Blessed with an outpouring of financial and emotional support for her “little lemonade project,” Jill created a nonprofit, Lemons of Love, to continue sharing care packages and brighten the day of people with cancer.
Today, Lemons of Love is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Our mission to share care packages, provide programs and create moments for anyone impacted by cancer. Each year, we share more than 3,000 Lemons of Love care packages, delivering them to people in our own community and all over the world. In 2018, we opened The Lemons of Love Center to provide free psychosocial programs for anyone impacted by cancer including survivors, caregivers and loved ones.