by Leo Jakobson | December 13, 2011

Helping Hands Rewards, a nonprofit organization specializing in connecting social enterprises with incentive merchandise suppliers, is offering a new line of tote bags benefitting Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital.

Created by Yali Derman, a 20-year-old survivor of childhood leukemia who spent much of her youth at Children’s Memorial, the bag’s bright, colorful graphics symbolize how cancer survivors carry on in the face of their medical baggage. Derman’s first foray into bag design came at age 16, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for her to work with Kate Spade on a handbag—which ultimately raised more than $50,000 for the charity. 

Proceeds from the sale of Derman’s current bags are donated to K.I.D.S.S. for Kids, a fundraising auxiliary of Children’s Memorial that provides developmental, social, and emotional support for more than 146,000 patients treated there each year. Currently, the organization is funding a playroom for the new hospital, due for completion in 2013.

Yali’s Carry On totes incorporate 18 colors and are silk-screened on a black microfiber, gray microfiber, or khaki canvas. They feature matching leather handles and detail. Each tote retails for $95.

Helping Hands Rewards was created by Michael Arkes, CEO of Chicago-based Hinda Incentives, who understands the needs of the industry.