Families of Children With Cancer was founded on the belief that when a child is sick, the entire family is affected. Our support focuses on the individual child along with the family. We support one another in times of need - at diagnosis, before surgery, during hospitalization, upon relapse, as death approaches, as a child is taken off treatment and as a cured child makes his or her way to adulthood.
Together with our healthcare professionals and support people, we offer many services to our families struggling with childhood cancer. Following are some of the varied ways we work to support one another.
Scholarship Aid - Annually our group provides scholarship aid to cancer survivors who are members of our organization. Recipients for the 2006-2007 school year include:
Kyle is currently attending UW-Madison majoring in History/International Affairs.
Danielle ic currently attending UW-Maidson majoring in Biology
Amy is currently attending Northwestern University Law School.
Nicole is currently attending UW-Green Bay furthering her career as a registered nurse.
Nick is currently attending Creighton Unviersity with a double major in Biology & Biochemistry.
Tyler is currently attending UW Whitewater majoring in Physical Education.
Amanda is attending UW-Stevens Point majoring in Sociology & Spanish.
Allison is currently attending Bellin College of Nursing.
Ryan is currently attending UW -Platteville majoring in Business with an emphasis in management.
Andrew is attending UW Milwaukee
Family Pack - Family Pack for the newly diagnosed families which include coupons to a grocery store, department store, phone card and gas card. Helping Hand binder which helps the families record day to day progress, treatment and care given to their child during and after treament. Tote bag and informational hard covered book for the particular cancer that affects them. Duffle bag is given to hospital patients with necessary items for frequent hospital stays.
Hospital visitation - We provide hospital visitation upon request and links with other parents, children and extended families.
Family financial support - Realizing the financial difficulties at the time of diagnosis, we give our families coupons for food, gas and a local department store. We also provide limited financial assistance when the need arises on an individual basis.
Treat box - We provide toys/treats for the child with cancer after treatments and /or procedures.
Resource Library - We provide educational books and publications of interest for use by the parents for information on research, treatment, or community resources.
Computers - The Green Bay clinic site is provided with two computers with monies donated by contributors. These computers can be used by the kids to play games or by the parents as a resource guide.
Family Directory - We publish a family directory to help families link up with one another.
Newsletter - We publish a newsletter showing notes of interest and our upcoming activities.
Wigs/Hip-Hats - We provide wigs for children who need them after they receive chemotherapy or radiation.
Housing - We provide funds for housing at the Ronald McDonald house or hotels for medical treatment at major treatment centers in metropolitan cities.
Transportation - We provide gas cards for out of town appointments.
Memorials - We give memorial gifts, plants, or balloons for children who have died.
Bravery Beads - We provide the funding for the Bravery beads necklace.
Thanksgiving/Easter grocery giftcards - We provide gift cards for families in need whose child is in active treatment.