Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation Expands Services
Becky Nichols is a master at making food fun. When she pulls her wagon of goodies into the CBCC Family Kitchen, patients, families and staff know something yummy is coming their way!
In 2006, Becky started the Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation in memory of her daughter, Libbie, who passed away from leukemia at age five. Since then she has been providing comfort foods and sweet treats to patients and families in the CBCC outpatient clinic and 4 North inpatient unit at Dell Children’s.
The Healing Power of Food
CBCC staff say Becky’s famous mac n’ cheese has a “magic wand” effect that eases the anxiety of so many patients as they anticipate procedures. Her party cakes to celebrate patient birthdays and “off treatment” are specially themed works of art. During Thanksgiving, shut-in families who cannot travel or shop due to their child’s intensive treatment schedules enjoy full Thanksgiving turkey dinners prepared by Becky and delivered to their homes. CBCC special events wouldn’t be complete without her signature tasty spreads and sweet treats. She also collaborates with Rhone Levin, CBCC dietician, to teach nutrition classes in the CBCC Family Kitchen.
“It’s so meaningful for families to have ‘kid-friendly’ mac ‘n cheese and chicken ‘n dumplings to offer as meals when clinic days grow long,” says Rhone. “The recipes are tested and true for children undergoing cancer treatment, and they receive the CBCC dietitian’s official stamp of approval!”
A Food Truck Experience Just for Kids
Becky recently announced an expansion of her foundation’s list of services. In March she acquired Libbie’s Funtime Food Truck through a grant from a local foundation. It’s the first food truck in Central Texas raising funds to directly support a nonprofit organization. In addition to a fully equipped state-of-the-art mobile kitchen, the truck houses a 40” TV, Xbox, and karaoke and bubble machines. Proceeds from sponsored events and food sales will directly support CBCC patients and families through her Comfort through Food Program.
Expanded services include the following:
- The truck will bring fun food experiences directly to patients at large CBCC events, including prom, St. Baldrick’s Fair, Camp Rocky Ridge and Camp Volente Family Group.
- The truck will visit the CBCC during Family Lunch Days, providing food and a change of scenery for children undergoing treatment in the CBCC and their families.
- The Nicholas Project was inspired by a CBCC patient and offers interactive opportunities for patients to decorate special cakes for their families while undergoing treatment in the clinic.
“Whether it’s Libbie’s Funtime Food Truck fare, homemade celebratory cakes, or her famous mac ‘n cheese, our families reap the benefits of Becky’s presence,” says Rhone. “If you catch her in person, you may also be lucky enough to receive a pat on the back or even a hug.”