CBC works directly with the families of pediatric cancer and pediatric oncology social workers to provide emergency financial aid and practical support.
If you are interested in supporting pediatric cancer research for the future families of pediatric cancer, please consider: St. Baldrick's, Alex's Lemonade Stands, CureSearch, Cookies for Kids Cancer, B+Foundation
If you are interested in supporting the families of pediatric cancer in the battle TODAY then please consider CBC: Donate
CBC is a volunteer run foundation consisting of families affected by pediatric cancer advocating for families of pediatric cancer. CBC pays no salaries and has little overhead expenses. Donations go directly to the emergency financial aid fund and are carefully dispersed to families in the most need.
Common Myths About Pediatric Cancer:
Misconception #1: There is a well known hospital that never turns away a kid with cancer.
Truth: This well known hospital accepts an average of 300 to 350 of the over 13,000 children diagnosed each year who meet certain requirements. They bill their insurance like any other hospital does. They just don't bill the patient the difference or start collections process if the insurance fails to pay. You can be asked to leave, just not for financial reasons.
Misconception #2: All hospitals have programs available to help the families financially when needed. Truth: Some hospitals have in-house foundations that support families on a limited basis but most have a social worker that has to advocate and locate resources for struggling families. They call foundations like ours.
Misconception #3: All hospitals have "houses" or places for the families to stay while child is being treated and are never charged.
Truth: Some hospitals have a family center nearby. You need to be approved and there needs to be space. Some limit how long you can stay. And they request a daily fee.
Misconception #4: When I attend a popular walk or event in my area I am supporting pediatric cancer.
Truth: You decide: So-where-does-the-money-go?
Misconception #5: All cancer kids are bald.
Truth: Not all cancer patients lose their hair. Some of the sickest have all their hair. Some of the healthiest are bald. Hair loss is a result of the chemotherapy, not the cancer. Cancer kids are often bullied for being bald.
Misconception #6: Once treatment is over, the crisis is over.
Truth: Post treatment is by far the hardest time for families second to diagnosis. Late effects.
Misconception #7: There is nothing I can do!
Truth: Dr. Seuss said it best:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!"
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2Cor3:3-4)