On Friday, April 21st, 2017 the NHD Empower Tour landed us at the Children’s Cancer Center where our members, friends, family, and affiliates met to learn more about the center and their service to children and family members who are coping with the fight against childhood cancer or chronic blood disorders. Our tour guide Julien Borbon took us around the center and provided so much information about the non-profit and how one could get involved. He provided compelling statistics about the seriousness of the issue and how nothing quite like the Children’s Cancer Center here in Tampa exists anywhere else in the nation.
Their motto: because it takes more than medicine to fight childhood cancer.
It truly takes a village.
At the Children’s Cancer Center, it’s clear that the entire community has taken on the much needed role. Kudos to all of the local sponsors and partners, volunteers, and donors involved, as this non-profit organization is truly a gem.
With over 20 programs available to aid both children and their family members, at no added cost to the family, the CCC is currently providing service to over 1000 families in or around the local Tampa Bay area. Their programs offer assistance and support to not only the child, but their families as well. Their care expands to provide for the entire family because they realize that not only does the battle begin at diagnosis for the child, but more often than not, the entire family dynamic is changed. The entire family is diagnosed. Much support provided by the Children’s Cancer Center directly involves the parents and other family members involved.
Programs are offered in the following very real categories: educational, emotional, and financial. If your child or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, which is shockingly the leading cause of death in children today, what comes next?
Julien Borbon shared with us why their services at the Children’s Cancer Center are unique:
While many organizations are vital in the search for a cure tomorrow, our focus is on helping your family cope with its unique challenges today. One day at a time.
Bottom line, their tailored programs are all designed to help your family cope:
Big Buddy: The sibling of a child diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder is matched with a first year medical student at USF in one to one mentor relationships.
Fueling Families: Financial assistance to help families of children diagnosed with cancer or chronic blood disorders by providing gas and grocery gift cards to lighten their financial burdens.
White Hat Fund: Financial assistance, provided to eligible families of children diagnosed with cancer, by the Davis Ferguson Memorial Foundation. This assists with essential bills such as electric, mortgage/rent, car payments/insurance etc.
S.A.I.L (Students Achieving through Interactive Learning): Interactive tutoring, homework assistance, music lessons, art, cooking, physical activity classes and more for school-age patients and siblings alike.
The facility itself provides space for children and families to experience some normalcy while adjusting to and going through countless treatments and doctor visits throughout the battle. Their doors are open twice a week for the children and families to take advantage of Oncology or Sickle Cell family connection groups, as well as individual and family counseling. Not to mention, a hot meal prepared for every visit. If your child plays basketball, enjoys reading, playing video games or diving into the arts, the center provides rooms and activities, all donated by local organizations throughout Tampa.
The event and family calendars posted online are packed with on-going and annual activities that should brighten up your day after a quick glance! Although all assistance, fundraising, and awareness events are offered and organized by the Children’s Cancer Center, it takes your involvement to make each event successful.
A life changing experience, the tour helped us to see the many ways we can get involved. Contact them today to see how you can help.
Donate, grant a wish, volunteer, or provide a holiday card now! Your help may be the help this center has been needing. If you would like to schedule a tour contact Julien Borbon by email at Jborbon@childrenscancercenter.org.