Our Programs and Family Services

Our programs & family services are completely free for the children and families we serve. Explore below or call our center at 813-367-5437 for more information.

Art Therapy

Sessions scheduled with an art therapist, using art as a tool for expression and to assist with coping skills. Available for children diagnosed with cancer & chronic blood disorders, siblings, parents and the family as a whole.

Bereavement

A remembrance event held for families whose child has died of cancer or a blood disorder. This event is held off-site to honor, remember and to provide support to grieving families. Grief counseling, funeral assistance and grief support are also available to the immediate family.

Big Buddy

The sibling of a child diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder is matched one on one in a mentor relationship with a first year medical or health related student at USF for a calendar year.

Community Outreach

A time for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer, in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, to come together with other families in a safe place away from the hospital to share a meal, receive resources, gather support and enjoy fellowship.

Counseling

Families can receive individual, marital, child, and family therapy through several area counseling centers in the greater Tampa Bay Area.

Dads’ Appreciation Events

Events that focus on fathers of children diagnosed with cancer. Opportunities for the dads to join together for support and recreation.

Family Fun Events

Gatherings offered to all families cancer, chronic blood disorders, survivors and bereaved for food, games, crafts and special entertainment throughout the year.

FLIGHT Camp

(Families Laughing in Groups Hoping Together) An overnight weekend camp bringing families of children diagnosed with cancer together to create memories and new experiences.

Fueling Families Fund

Assists families by providing gas and grocery gift cards to lighten their financial burdens twice during a calendar year.

Holiday Adoption

To alleviate the financial and time constraining burden of shopping for the holidays, families who have a child on active treatment for cancer or a chronic blood disorder are matched with community donors to receive holiday gifts. Families are able to receive this assistance up to three times.

Hospital Outreach

Programs Staff from the center visit the clinics/hospitals regularly, as volunteers, to provide recreational and comfort items bedside.

Kite Camp- Week 1

Week long summer day camp filled with field trips, education, & unique opportunities. This camp is for children on active treatment for cancer and their siblings between the ages 5-12 years old.

Kite Camp- Week 2

Week long summer day camp filled with field trips, education, & unique opportunities. This camp is for children diagnosed with a chronic blood disorder, children who have completed treatment for cancer and bereaved siblings between the ages of 5-12 years old.

Love Bundles

Care packages for children who have recently been diagnosed with cancer are delivered to the hospital/clinic. Every bundle is created to each child’s individual interests with toys, comfort items and games. Information on the center is included for the parents.

Mom Appreciation Events

Events that focus on mothers of children diagnosed with cancer. Opportunities for the mothers to join together for support and recreation.

MOMS Group

A time for moms, with a child on active treatment for cancer, to find connection and support with other moms who are experiencing similar circumstances. Groups are generally held twice a month in the morning with daycare provided.

Music Therapy

Sessions scheduled with a certified music therapist, using music as a tool for assisting with expression and coping skills. Available for children diagnosed with cancer & chronic blood disorders, siblings, parents and the family as a whole.

Oncology Family Connection Group

A time for families, with a child on active treatment for cancer, to come together with other families in a safe place, away from the hospital, to eat dinner, receive resources, gather support and enjoy fellowship. Groups are generally held twice a month.

Parents Day/ Night Out

Providing parents with much needed time for themselves, as they drop off children at the center to enjoy supervised fun and games. Available to families with a child diagnosed with cancer and their sibling under the age of 12.

SAIL

(Students Achieving through Interactive Learning) an education-based program, held on most Saturdays at the center, providing homework assistance and facilitated activities focusing on art, music, drama, sports and science. Program open to all children diagnosed with cancer or chronic blood disorders and siblings ages 5 years and up.

Scholarships

Panera Bread Knead for Knowledge Scholarship program provides annual College/University scholarships to young adults that have been diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder and treated in a Tampa Bay hospital before the age of 21.

Sibshop

Sessions scheduled with a certified child life specialist, using games and activities to provide peer support and education. Available to siblings of a child diagnosed with cancer.

Sickle Cell Family Connection Group

A time for families with a child diagnosed with sickle cell disease to come together with other families to eat dinner, receive resources, gather support and enjoy fellowship quarterly.

SOAR

(Surviving Oncology And Readjusting) - A time for families whose child is off treatment for cancer to come together with other families to eat dinner, receive resources, gather support and enjoy fellowship. Although the medical crisis may be over, families work through readjusting to life after cancer.

Teen Group

Providing teens, diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder, with monthly recreational opportunities out in the community to promote peer support. Available to teens ages 13-19 years old.

Ticket Bank

Families have the opportunity to attend sporting events, shows, concerts and plays donated by community supporters.

White Hat Fund

Financial assistance is utilized for essential bills such as electric, mortgage, rent, car payments and insurance. Assistance is available for parents who have a child on active treatment for cancer and have a Social Worker’s referral.

“There’s always hope, there’s always joy, there’s always fun to be had, there’s always something to celebrate.”

Sharin NelsonCCC Director of Program and Family Services

Download our Resource Guide

Inside you’ll find information about financial and medication assistance, online resources, wigs & hats, scholarships, camps, wishes & dreams, transportation, care packages, literature & movies, bereavement, and more.

RESOURCE GUIDE