Our goal is to support famiies financially, emotionally, and spiritually, that have been affected by pediatric cancer.
We help families struggling with the financial burden of cancer-related health care costs. living expenses, loss of income and other costs that continue to occur during treatment.
With your support, we can achieve our vision that no family with a child battling cancer will fight alone. Through this foundation and working with other like minded foundations and groups, we will raise awareness of the impact of childhood cancer on families.
Working to meet the needs of Cook Children's Medical Center, where Fabulous Faith received treatment, so that other children can benefit from their services.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Cook Children's Health Care System is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized pediatric health care organization comprised of eight entities – a Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., and Health Foundation.
If we had one wish, it would be to make it so that no child would ever have to suffer from any kind of illness. At the Cook Children's Hematology and Oncology Center, they are working every day on medical treatments and research to help make the blood disorders and cancers that hurt children and teens, disappear.
For more than 30 years, Cook Children's Hematology and Oncology Center has been providing top quality clinical care to patients with cancer and blood disorders. Their number one focus is on curing cancer for kids with an experienced team that diagnoses, treats and manages a variety of blood disorders, cancers, and transplants.
The extensive technology, such as the MIBG program (one of the few pediatric programs in the U.S.), coupled with vast research, result in a huge difference in the lives of patients; and why so many parents choose Cook Children's for the care of their child.
Supporting institutions that further pediactric cancer research, believing that one day, a cure will be found.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children ages 0-14. The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown, and for the most part, these cancers cannot be prevented. Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer, that's more than a classroom of kids a day. Cancer treatments can affect a child's growth, fertility, and endocrine system and survivors may be permanently immunologically suppressed. Approximately 20 percent of all children with cancer will die from their disease, a secondary cancer, or complications from treatment. The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society.
Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region. In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs, and in March of 2015 just introduced the third—that were initially studied in children. Other drugs used for children's cancers were first studied in, or approved, for adults with cancer.
The role of the taxpayer-funded National Cancer Institute (NCI) is especially critical, yet approximately 4% percent of its annual budget is dedicated to childhood cancer. The result is that children are dying every day waiting for promising new treatments that lack funding. This puts an extra burden on families with a child battling cancer. Although many are emotionally and financially devastated, these parents have no choice but to raise the money themselves by holding bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers. Meanwhile the NCI controls billions of taxpayer dollars yet it only releases a fraction of its resources to specifically help children with cancer.
Supporting the Ronald McDonald House as they assist children, and their families, who have been affected by a critical illness.
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House is that "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.
The Ronald McDonald House allows families to face the weight of illness together and allow children to get the best care by providing services such as home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children.
The generosity of volunteers and donors make it all possible. In return, families either stay at no cost or are asked to make a donation up to $25 per day, depending on the House. The RMHC Global Policy is that families are never turned away; if it's not possible to pay, the fee is waived.
The Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. When a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
Faith Rose Lautzenheiser was an amazing 10 year old. Some of Faith's interests included card games, silly string, singing, dancing, laughing, hula hooping, dogs, reading, movies, and coloring. Faith was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer, on August 7, 2012, and fought bravely for 10 months. She ultimately met her Savior in Heaven on June 6, 2013, due to chemotherapy induced heart failure. Faith Rose loved and was deeply loved. Her life can be described only with the word, joy. During her illness, she was the perfect example of joy in the midst of adversity. She taught us all how to live life to the fullest, and with a smile on our face. Her powerful example of true faith in her Savior has changed us. Faith remains always on our minds and forever in our hearts, as we strive to honor her legacy.