Kits to Heart cares for the whole person (cura personalis), recognizing that cancer patients require both material and psychosocial support throughout their most difficult moments of the cancer journey.
About the Founder
Sonia Su is a three-time cancer alumna, committed to helping change how patients are cared for. She holds a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University.
Sonia's last treatment was CAR-T immunotherapy in March 2019 for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Upon being admitted, she was surprised to see a care package on the hospital bed. Donated by a former patient, the simple gift gave Sonia so much hope that she resolved to pay it forward.
About the Organization
Founded in May 2020, Kits to Heart is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides cancer care kits to patients currently undergoing treatment. It aims to solve three core problems in cancer care:
- The cancer journey is often a lonely one, full of anxiety and uncertainty.
- Well-intentioned friends and family have no idea what to offer to cancer patients.
- Cancer patients lack both material and psychosocial resources during treatment.
"It was perfect! It was such a great pick-me-up to receive!" — H.C.
"The last few days have been rough. Reviewing this package today was simply amazing. Thank you for thinking of me." — S.S
"I feel so blessed to have received this care package along with a card from @littlesuecards. Everything was so well thought out and it truly made this cancer gal feel better after an extremely rough chemo recovery. ... Thank you Sonia for making my day and bringing a little bit of comfort into a time that is very uncomfortable! ... It was honestly perfect! Such a wonderful surprise! I loved the handwritten note and brochure! I'm super excited to try out the new stuff too!" — G.R.
"It was a lovely surprise that brightened my day." — Anonymous
"I loved everything in it and it made me feel so much more comfortable and not alone. I am truly inspired by your story and how strong you have been throughout your cancer journeys." — W.T.
"This really brightened the social workers days here too as it is nice to get to provide something tangible and kind amidst the heavy work they do." — L.W., Patient Navigator
"It came at the perfect time. Mentally I was having a rough day. ... I've been doing much better. The box really helped my long day of infusions and radiation to be much nicer." — S.K.
"I am so honored to have received one. It really brightened my day and made me cry. ... I really appreciate you." — C.M.
"No improvement needed in my eyes!!" — R.M.
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Sonia Su is proud to be a part of the Female Founder Collective. The FFC is a network of businesses led by women, supporting women. Its mission is to enable and empower female owned and led businesses to positively impact our communities, both socially and economically.