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The CHILD Cancer Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting children and their families through the challenges of a childhood cancer diagnosis and treatment. It was established in 1994 by a group of Jacksonville parents whose children were receiving treatment for Cancer at Wolfson Children's Hospital and Nemours Children's Clinic. The fund was established to assist other families in the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia area whose children were treated at Wolfson and Nemours.
This grass roots organization raised funds to provide Nemours Children's Clinic with a financial grant to secure the position of a Child Life Specialist and to provide financial assistance to the parents of children battling cancer. The CHILD Cancer Fund is an organization by families for families who face the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. We strive to help children live a more normal life.
The following are the programs and services that we provide:
As a core member of a child's health care team, the Child Advocate provides opportunities for play, learning and self expression designed to minimize the stress and anxiety of a child in treatment. Based in the Nemours Children's Clinic Oncology Division, the advocate works with the children and their families, helping them to cope with the often intimidating and frightening treatment experiences. Educational presentations at area schools assist the child's teacher and peers understand cancer and the treatment process so that re-entry into the classroom is an easier transition.
Medical treatment for a child fighting cancer is rigorous and time consuming. Often a parent must leave employment for long periods to care for the child. Income drops off just when medical expenses and fears for the child' well being escalate. Social workers at Wolfson Children's Hospital and Nemours Children's Clinic Administer our Financial Assistance Program. Regardless of income level, families facing financial hardship can receive help with housing costs, utility bills, auto loans, auto and homeowners insurance, food, gas, and other expenses that medical insurance does not cover.
During treatment and afterwards, children and their families need many different types of care and support. Our programs and services offer families the emotional, educational, and practical support they need to make it through this challenging experience. We host a family retreat weekend at the Camp Boggy Creek north of Orlando every year. We also financially underwrite monthly support group meetings, provide educational materials to families and we also provide the financial support for the Late Effects Clinic which follows patients after treatment to make sure the child is getting physical, emotional, dietary and educational support needed after treatment.
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