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To provide care, comfort and a cure to children with brain and spinal tumors through various programs offered in NY, NJ and CT while funding cutting edge scientific research toward better treatments and a cure.
Making Headway Foundation was established in 1996 by a small group of parents--Maya and Edward Manley and Clint Greenbaum--whose own children had undergone treatment for brain tumors. They found that traditional hospital-based medical programs failed to provide essential humanistic services that enabled a child to reintegrate physically and emotionally with his or her family, school and peer groups. The founders of Making Headway wished to provide other families with what they had found wanting--even with the finest medical care. Making Headway was conceived as having three main components:Support at the Hospital
A Partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center
Making Headway Foundation works closely with NYU and its Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Making Headway provides a child- and family-friendly environment for children diagnosed with brain and spinal cord tumors. Families coming for treatment are greeted with music, clowns, healthy snacks and fun activities developed by trained, professional therapists.
Ongoing Care. Making Headway provides an Ongoing Care Program for patients in NY, CT and NJ, so that families leaving the hospital have access to support groups, counseling, educational consulting, periodic bereavement groups and more.
Research and Cure.The founders and current Board of Making Headway Foundation feel strongly that part of the mission should focus not only on the care and comfort of children with brain and spinal cord tumors, but on research toward their cure. Therefore, the Foundation also funds scientific research.