Preston's League

providing basic necessities to patients and their families

Mission:

Preston’s League is a non-profit, volunteer based, organization committed to providing the basic necessities to patients and their families.


The goal for Preston’s league would be to provide a weekly wish list program to all patients and families on the Duke Pediatric Bone Marrow inpatient Floor.  


Our Weekly Wish List Program provides all pediatric bone marrow patients and their caregivers with an opportunity to request on a weekly basis special grocery or comfort items that they might desire.

History:
In 2010 our lives changed when our son Preston was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which requires extremely lengthy hospital stays that make managing life very difficult and stressful.  Over the nearly two years we lived at Texas Children’s Hospital, there was one organization (B.I.G. Love) that was an amazing asset to our family and all the families on the floor.  Among the many great charities and groups, only B.I.G Love gave us something we were in desperate need of, time.  

We understand firsthand the intense and heavy burden of living at a hospital and caring for a sick child.  Preston, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at two years old.  After two and a half years of fighting courageously through intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at TCH, then moving to Durham and facing another relapse and preparing and hoping for a second transplant, he passed away on May 19, 2012 after spending 498 days inpatient between both hospitals. Our family was so thankful to avoid running additional errands each week and still appreciate the extra time we were able to spend together as a family with Preston.  


The same need is here at Duke and we want to help other families as we were helped.  We are so thankful for the opportunity Duke Pediatric Bone Marrow Department (DBMT) is giving us. 


You all help make up Preston's League.  Everyone who has supported not only Preston since he was diagnosed in 2012, but supported our family, everyone who has helped with Preston's Christmas Drive, who have donated gifts, who have made cards to be delivered.  Thank you!  We can't do this without you!