DES delivers Legos to kids with cancer
CENTREVILLE — Representatives from Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services and Darren’s Pack headed to A.I. Du Pont Hospital in Wilmington to host a Lego and pizza party for the oncology unit on Jan. 31.
“Our friends at Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services headed to the hospital with us to host a Lego and pizza party for the oncology unit! Since December, they have been collecting all of these amazing Lego kits, and you should’ve seen the smiles on the kids faces when they got to pick their very own,” said Lauren Leonard in a post on Darren’s Pack Facebook page.
Leonard added the department also contributed $1,000, that they raised by selling childhood cancer shirts, toward a brand new hockey table that was installed in the oncology unit.
“The event was a very humbling experience, and it was incredible to see how much it meant to the kids and their parents. I am very proud of our department and the staff who participated in collecting the Legos. I would encourage everyone to get involved with Darren’s Pack,” said DES Director Scott Haas. “The Pack is led by two very special people that I admire, Lauren and Derrick.”
Darren’s Pack is an organization started by Lauren and Derrick Leonard of
Church Hill. Derrick Leonard is a DES employee. Darren’s Pack was founded with the intent to update friends and family on the prognosis of the Leonards’ son, Darren, who was diagnosed with cancer as an infant; he is now 7. Since then, Darren’s Pack has spearheaded numerous fundraising efforts to raise awareness about childhood cancer and bring joy to the children in the oncology unit at A.I. DuPont where their son is treated.
Every year, DES partners with an organization to give back to the community. Over the years they have partnered with Toys for Tots, Adopt-aBear and Ronald McDonald House.
We are so incredibly blessed to have these amazing people in Darren’s Pack helping us spread joy at the hospital, and raise awareness for childhood cancer, said Leonard. Darren’s Pack also extended a special thanks as well to Chick-fil-A of Middletown, Del., for graciously providing the festivities with sweet tea and lemonade.
For more information about Darren’s Pack, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook. com/darrenspack. For more information about the Department of Emergency Services visit www.qacdes.com or follow them on Facebook at www. facebook.com/qacdes.
Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services visits A.I. DuPont Hospital in Wilmington to host a Lego and pizza party for the oncology unit. From left, Assistant Chief David Rivett, EMS Lieutenant Lori Morris, DES Director Scott Haas, Assistant Chief Scott Wheatley and Derrick Leonard.