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Board of Directors Approves Expansion – Texas Division

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Texas Division to locate in The Woodlands, TX

The Board of Directors of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) has approved the opening of a Texas Division.  Headquarters will be located in The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston.

CCRF’s Texas Division is statewide initiative providing a spectrum of health and human welfare services to families with a child who has been diagnosed and is being treated for cancer.

Greg Anderson, CCRF’s Founder & CEO said, “The Texas Division will fill a key need.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas ranks as the #3 state in unmet medical needs.  Unmet needs mean treatment was either forgone or delayed because the family could not afford it.  We intend to make delays in treatment for children with cancer a thing of the past.”

Approval of a Texas Division of the Foundation and locating the offices in The Woodlands was based on two premises:

The Greater Houston area has a vibrant economy with record employment rates and new job creation.  According to an article in The Atlantic by Derek Thompson, “Houston stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country -- by far.”

The Greater Houston area also hosts a vibrant philanthropic community.  However, there are relatively few children’s cancer charities located in southeast Texas.

The Foundation’s market analysis concluded that success in the Greater Houston area is both possible and probable.

The Foundation will partner with local non-profits, individuals and corporate sponsors to deliver its entire group of core programs to Texas families battling pediatric cancer.  The grand opening of the Texas Division will be announced at a later date.

 

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Tee off for Children’s Cancer raises $14,000

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Tee Off FOREWe hosted the second annual Tee off for Children’s Cancer on Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Country Club of Harrisburg.  Our golfers enjoyed a fantastic lunch donated by Subway, Philly Pretzel Factory soft pretzels and a variety of other snacks and beverages donated by local businesses. Our 19 foursomes had fantastic weather to enjoy a challenging course and our top 3 teams won gift cards to the pro shop. There were prizes for closest to the pin and longest drive.  A silent auction, raffle, 50/50 and dinner followed the event.

We are pleased to announce we raised over $14,000.

This charitable event was made possible with the generous support from local businesses and committee of volunteers. We would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work. Plans are already underway for our 2014 event and we hope to see you there!



CCRF Sponsors 38 Pediatric Cancer Patients for Camp iHope

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Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation to Deliver 150 Camp Scholarships in 2013

Camp iHope Grant Photo

HARRISBURG, Penn., June 20, 2013 – Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, through its Camp Scholarship program, has offered its support to Camp iHope, the Dallas-based pediatric summer camp program for children with cancer.  CCRF’s $15,000, grant will allow 38 campers to attend. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, through its programs, aids children and their families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Camp iHope, a program of Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, hosts pediatric cancer patients and their siblings to a week of fun and new experiences in a safe and supportive camping environment. With the monetary donation from the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s Camp Scholarship Program, the young cancer patients and their siblings will be able “to just be kids” again.

Caption: A LIFE-CHANGING GIFT of $15,000 from Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation will send 38 pediatric cancer patients to Camp iHope near Dallas, TX this summer.  Greg Anderson, Founder & CEO of CCRF shares the good news with Sheryl Dudzik, CCRF Marketing Manager.

Camp iHope Patient“It means so much to these children, who have been talking about camp all year,” said RebeccaRoesch MSSW, LCSW, Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, Medical City Children’s Hospital. “I nearly burst into tears when I learned about the support from the Foundation. I can’t put into words how much the children and their families appreciate their generosity.”

Through its Camp Scholarship program, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation offers patients in remission the opportunity to be a child again and re-connect with friends and other children while participating in fun, playful activities.

“So much is taken from a child when they are diagnosed with cancer,” said Greg Anderson, founder of Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, “not the least of which is the play and fun activities of a normal childhood. Restoring childhood is why we began the Camp Scholarship program.  We are delighted and proud to support the wonderful work of Camp iHope.  This program changes lives.”

Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation has set a 2013 goal to sponsor 150 campers to the camp of their choice. For more information on the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s Camp Scholarship program, or to personally underwrite a camp scholarship, visit ChildrensCancerRecovery.org/Programs/Camp-Scholarships/

 

About CCRF Camp Scholarships
Cancer often isolates children from their friends and the activities they love. The Camp Scholarship program from the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation allows children in remission to reconnect with those friends and activities. The program provides funding for a camp of their choice – sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, skiing or whatever activities they missed most during treatment.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the world.  The Foundation also provides emergency financial services through its Helping Hands Fund.  A camp scholarship program provides post-treatment activities.  The Foundation is headquarted in Harrisburg, PA and recently opened an office in The Woodlands, TX.  With additional  offices in five countries and a global pediatric hospital partner network of over 220 locations, each year the Foundation directly services over 50,000 children and family members who are impacted by childhood cancer.  More information at
ChildrensCancerRecovery.org



Kids Helping Kids

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Local Elementary School Students Spend the Day Volunteering to Help Child Cancer Patients
5th Graders from Hershey Christian School Pack Toys at Children’s Cancer Recovery

Goofy Thanks Hershey Christian BlurHARRISBURG, Penn., March 27, 2013 — A dozen 5th grade students from Hershey Christian School spent a recent afternoon packing more than 4,500 toys that were to be sent across the country to childhood cancer patients. Through the local nonprofit organization Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, the donated toys will benefit more than 1,800 patients at 32 hospitals.

Ms. Cheryl Caldwell, fifth grade teacher at Hershey Christian, annually brings her students to the Harrisburg headquarters to demonstrate the value of volunteerism. “I have had family members who have had cancer before and I know what it can do to a family,” she said, adding that she gets a great response from her students as well. “Each year the kids love it. They love coming here and helping and we always have a blast. We feel like we are blessing the families that receive the gifts.”

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Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, through its Bear-Able Gifts program, provides stuffed animals, toys and board games to children across the country fighting the disease. The foundation’s dedicated staff is grateful to the community volunteers who help the foundation continue to serve patients across the country.

“Seeing the great volunteers who come through our doors is very inspiring,” said Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation founder Greg Anderson. “And to see these fifth grade students get started and exposed to it at an early age is a refreshing sight.”

In 2012, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation packaged and delivered over 33,000 toys to children battling cancer across the country through its Bear-Able Gifts program. To learn more about the foundation, its programs or how you can help, visit ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in North America.  The Foundation also provides emergency financial services through its Helping Hands Fund.  A camp scholarship program provides post-treatment activities with offices in five countries and a pediatric hospital partner network of over 220 locations, each year the Foundation directly services over 50,000 children and family members who are impacted by childhood cancer.



Alyssa’s Story

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Alyssa Johnson

Child Name: Alyssa
Diagnosis: Leukemia Lymphoma
State: MO
Program: Helping Hands Fund, Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation
Date Helped: 3/2013

1. Cancer. When did this word enter your life?
On October 4, 2011 my daughter Alyssa was diagnosed with Leukemia Lymphoma and it changed our lives forever. I had never heard of it before and I really didn’t know anyone with cancer, so it became a learning experience. I felt helpless and didn’t know what to expect, I thought it was something that could be cured in a week… oh how wrong I was.

2. How has cancer affected your family in a positive and/or negative way?
Cancer has affected my family both positively and negatively. My oldest daughter told her classmates about her sister's illness and they told her, "your sister is going to die and everyone with cancer dies.” She would come home crying and sad all the time. I told her that Alyssa will be just fine and to continue praying. Not all people with cancer die and if that does happen she will have no more pain and she’ll be in paradise with Jesus. Alyssa is so strong and she truly is our hero. She is back at Head Start and she loves it.

On the positive side we have met so many nice families and people throughout our journey that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I was very surprised at the outpour of prayers from lots of people. I know for a fact that people truly do care and we are blessed. Alyssa chose to go to Disney World and she had so much fun! I love the days when she smiles and laughs. We appreciate life so much more. Birthdays are more special and Alyssa still has hard days, but she is winning her battle! It gets hard for me because I have seen many kids parish due to an illness. I can’t help but think when she is cured, will the cancer come back? We will continue to be positive and prayerful.

3. What has been the biggest challenge or struggle during your child's treatment?
The biggest challenge would be my bills and transportation, Alyssa spent 2 months in the hospital and I have two older children at home that go to school. My vehicle broke down and it was winter time. My husband and I would have to catch the bus back and forth to make sure our children were taken care of. On the weekends Lajuan and Sharisa would spend the night at the hospital with Alyssa. Although Alyssa was really sick at the time, we could not forget about our other children.

4. How have you and your family stayed mentally and emotionally healthy?
We always do things together and we are usually invited to uplifting events where we have fun. Also, we will have family night and just hang out together. Some days are really hard and there has been a strain on our marriage but we will continue to pray together as a family.

5. What has brought the most joy or fun to your family's life during your child's treatment?
Hanging out with other family's who understand what we are going through. It makes me happy to know that my children are even closer now than before. The oldest two help take care of Alyssa.

6. What was your first reaction when your family was chosen to receive help?
I came home and checked the mail, I was really tired because I worked and my children always have appointments. I saw a letter that read Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. I assumed that it was an invite to an event but it was even better. It was a $300 check towards the light bill! The week before I had talked to the oncology social worker about being behind on my light bill, she said she would see what she could do. So, I thought about that when I saw the check. I was so surprised, thankful and just plain blessed. Our family wants to thank the foundation for being a blessing in our life and we will never forget. Also my husband and I love to donate our time to organizations so if you guys need any assistance please call me.