As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, we can’t help but think of the children who have excitedly anticipated this special time. Far too often, our children at the Children’s Cancer Center don’t have the fortune of celebrating their holiday season in a traditional way because the emotional, educational and financial burden for these children and their families is life-altering. Today, we reach out to you to ask for your help in supporting our children and their families.
While many are committed to searching for a cure for tomorrow, Children’s Cancer Center is committed to helping families cope today. Through our 24 support programs, our children find comfort and our families find connection. Programs like art and music therapy, teen group, kite camp and our oncology connection group are just a few examples of how we touch the lives of children like Clayton, Charlotte and Cameron every single day.
Clayton, age 3, was diagnosed in July 2017 with Stage 3 Embryonal Nasopharyngeal Rhabdomyoscaroma. His treatment consists of 42 weeks of intense chemotherapy, which he’ll complete mid-way through 2018. He has also endured 5 weeks of radiation which was very intense and took a toll on his little body. Clayton is a fighter!
Charlotte, age 2, can make anyone smile. She was diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilms Tumor during the July 4th holiday. Just two days later, at only 20 months old, Charlotte underwent surgery to remove the invader (tumor), her right kidney, ureter, and several suspicious lymph nodes. She continues to remind us that she is the same bright, vibrant, and funny little girl she was before her diagnosis.
You can also donate by calling (813) FOR-KIDS or by mailing a check made payable to Children’s Cancer Center: 4901 W. Cypress St. Tampa, FL 33607.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness. We exist for the kids and we will only be able to continue to help them with you by our side. On behalf of the children and families we serve, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.