I have now been working for the Valerie Fund Children’s Centers at Goryeb Children's Hospital and Overlook Medical Center for over 3 years. These centers provide treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders. Since Last years fund raising efforts 50 more children were diagnosed and came through our center.
Stephen, a young man treated at the Valerie Fund Childrens Center says, "There is something special about the atmosphere at the Valerie Center that has always amazed me when I go in for treatment. In a clinic filled with patients facing dire circumstances and heart-breaking news, there is always a feeling of hope and positivity that permeates the walls of the clinic."It is perpetuated by compassonalrte doctors and nurses, and makes it possible for patients and families to worry just a little bit less.
As the Educational Liaison I work with patients and families deal with school issues as they are going through treatment. I have learned that childhood cancer is not only emotionally challenging for families, but it also becomes a huge financial burden.
Children diagnosed with cancer can receive treatment for up to 3 years, with intensive treatment lasting 9 months. This intense treatment requires the children to be at our center up to 3 times per week and hospitalized for days at a time. Most families have one parent give up their job or take an unpaid family leave to accommodate this time-consuming treatment schedule. These families also face the bills of these expensive treatments. Some do not have insurance, or their insurance does not cover a majority of payments for this life saving medical care.
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center has a specific fund called “The Good Neighbor Fund.” This fund is supported by community donations to assist families with uncovered expenses that they incur while their children are in treatment. During their child’s treatment, parents and families’ main concern should be for the health of their child, not financial burdens. Please join me in supporting The Good Neighbor Fund and alleviating this worry for families in need.
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