in 2008, we established Stuff the Sleigh and decided we wanted to help kids that have cancer. We chose this group because this was a segment of life where we weren’t fixing the problems of bad decisions, we weren’t enabling and correcting the wrongs of others. Through no fault of their own, these pure, innocent children have to experience and suffer life-changing adult decisions in which they feel and stare down fatality every second of every day, having to shoulder the oppressive burden of insidious pain and mortality daily. All we want to do is to do good for these kids and for a small moment in time, create an atmosphere where kids can be kids – where children can experience what it’s like to be a kid again, where innocence is restored and the miracle of joy can radiate for a brief moment in time. We want to help restore hope where hope has been lost.
Along the way, we’ve had a tremendous outpouring and outflow of love, help and support from countless true friends, small businesses, corporations and an army of volunteers, all of whom have sacrificially given. We have a long ways to go, are only at the base of this mountain and have a heck of a journey to climb together. We couldn’t do this just by ourselves. To all of our countless friends, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the many who have caught the vision and the fire to do good, we thank you.
Nicole Normandin currently serves as the Executive Director for Stuff the Sleigh, a nonprofit organization that supports the psychosocial and emotional needs of pediatric cancer and hematology patients and families. Over the last ten years, Nicole has worked with vulnerable populations in several capacities – most recently as a Clinical Social Worker at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and as a Community Outreach Specialist with the American Cancer Society.
Nicole has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Social Work, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In May 2017, she completed the Rice University Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives. She has extensive work volunteering and serving others, including time as the President of Student Hope, a pilot program through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
What she loves most about her role in Stuff the Sleigh is the ability to give each patient, sibling and parent a little something to make them smile despite the devastating circumstances around them. When Nicole’s father lost his 7-year battle to pancreatic cancer, her personal and professional passion for positively impacting the lives of cancer patients was reinforced, allowing her to lead the efforts made by Stuff the Sleigh.
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