Did you know? In 2014, approximately 12,500 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer. The reality of this statement is every two hours, three children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Each year, approximately 350 children are diagnosed with cancer in Arizona. Cancer treatment may last from weeks to three years depending on the type of cancer. This means that at any given time there are hundreds and hundreds of children and families undergoing cancer treatment in Arizona. Cancer impacts each child and family. The impact may be positive, negative, or a combination of both. One thing is certain, cancer is a life changing experience for each member of the family. Children’s Cancer Network strives to reach children and families at significant points throughout their cancer journey. At the time of diagnosis, throughout the phases of cancer treatment, and into long term survivorship, Children’s Cancer Network is there. Here are a few examples of how Children’s Cancer Network is making a difference…
Food and Gas Card Programs
Children’s Cancer Network commits $45,000 annually to gas and food cards for families in need. In addition, during the past two years, bus passes and cafeteria passes have been purchased as needed at the request of the pediatric oncology social workers
- A single father with five children is able to put food on the table and drive his 3 year old daughter to daily radiation treatments thanks to the gift of gas and food cards.
- An anxious sixteen year old and her mother are joined by her father and brother thanks to the gift of gas cards that allow them to make the drive from an outlying Arizona town. Now, the family, together, can face this major surgery required for her cancer treatment.
Since 2006, 101 scholarships have been awarded to childhood cancer survivors, siblings, and parents. These funds may be utilized for tuition or books
- One scholarship recipient is now a child life specialist helping other children at a local hospital.
- One survivor’s mom is now back in school becoming a nurse with the help of a Children’s Cancer Network Scholarship.
- With cancer treatment behind them, a mom and her daughter are now going back to school together, determined and resilient.
It is the privilege of the Children’s Cancer Network Board, Volunteers, and Staff to work with families battling childhood cancer. We thank our partners and volunteers who commit their time, talents, and funds to this work. Together, we can make a difference.