Today, I paid a visit to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, based out of Brick. We started planning for the CLF Gala on March 22.

(left to right) Kate Booth-Program Services Coordinator, Matt Ryan, Barbara Reid-Haramus-Executive Director, Kim Wetmore-Director of Development (Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media)

Fighting cancer comes equipped with so many challenges. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation believes that blending with society and managing care planning should not be among them. This is why they make the treatment process less difficult, both emotionally and physically on child and parent alike.

The treatment regiment for children battling cancer can be peppered with unpleasant and grueling hospital stays and lots and lots of tests. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation understands well what kind of daunting process cancer treatment can be to your child.

Their Wish Basket program does just that. After your child undergoes a chemotherapy treatment or a spinal tap, CLF provides one of their Wish Baskets to lift the spirits of your special and courageous child.

Childhood Leukemia Foundation Wish Basket (Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media NJ)

And because CLF works with children of all ages, they ensure that each Wish Basket is delivered with age-appropriate surprises.

When I visited CLF, I worked with Kim Wetmore on putting together these baskets. Each one includes a Build A Bear and a pin with a special message that rings true.

A special message from The Childhood Leukemia Foundation (Matt Ryan, Townsquare Media NJ)

Community groups from all over the Jersey Shore come the CLF to assemble these baskets and other CLF resources like Hope Binders and Hugs-U-Wear.

This is an unbelievable organization and I'm proud to call them my friends.