Our family has been fundraising for the past two years on behalf of the fight against children’s cancer. At 10 years of age, my son read a book that inspired to him to join the cause to help find cures for a disease which claims about 46 new children each weekday. We are preparing for our third annual event and have partnered with The Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise funds that will go directly to support the children in Chattanooga.
- About 50 children from our area are diagnosed with childhood cancer each year.
- The children’s cancer center opened in 1986 and is a member of the largest cancer research organization in the world, Children’s Oncology Group (COG).
- A child in Chattanooga receives the same treatments as a child at any other COG hospital including Duke, St. Jude or The Cleveland Clinic.
But, for patients and their families, the children’s cancer clinic is more than a place to receive treatment – it’s also a home away from home. In fact, when you enter the cancer center, you hardly realize you’re in a hospital thanks to colorful murals, an inviting playroom and animal-shaped examining tables.
Our fundraising efforts support Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund a variety of projects and services to support patients and families—not only do gifts fund support groups, music therapy programs, toys and art supplies but also a child life specialist and a dedicated social worker.