Children who are undergoing medical treatment at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and their family members should know they are not alone. There are a number of support groups and related services available.
- Parent Support Group—Children's at Egleston
A parent support group meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Aflac Cancer Center amphitheater at Children’s at Egleston.
- Parent Support Group—Children's at Scottish Rite
A parent support group meets every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the conference room in the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s at Scottish Rite.
- R&R During BMT
This is a support group for parents of children undergoing a stem cell/blood and marrow transplant (BMT). This group is led each Thursday at 1:30 p.m. by a transplant social worker and child life specialist. For more information, call 404-785-6049.
- Camp Sunshine House
Built specifically for Camp Sunshine, the facility provides year-round emotional and social support for children with cancer and their families. It is the first non-residential facility of its kind to focus on the unique needs of this important group. Programs such as support groups, networking opportunities, workshops and special events are among the offerings of the Camp Sunshine House. If you have specific questions about Camp Sunshine or the programs offered, call the office at 404-325-7979 or visit the website.
- Brain Tumor Foundation for Children
Established in 1983, services include year-round events and holiday celebrations for children of all ages and their families; educational materials; a quarterly newsletter; the Larry Dean Davis Educational Scholarship for survivors of childhood brain or spinal cord tumors who are Georgia residents; direct financial assistance for patients treated at Georgia hospitals; parent support group; and e-mail networking for parents.
- CURE Childhood Cancer
Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer (CURE) is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with cancer. The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer. Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center and Emory University School of Medicine. Through innovative programming, CURE also offers support for families of children with cancer, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.Some of CURE’s key programs include:
- CURE Early Outreach Program: The purpose of this program is to connect with newly diagnosed families to let them know that they are not alone and to provide them with important encouragement and resources that will help them through their journey with childhood cancer. One component of this program is the CURE Travel Totes, which are given to newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients. These totes include practical information and tips for families facing a cancer diagnosis as well as items that will instill hope.
- CURE Critical Needs Care Program: This program is aimed at addressing the most critical and urgent needs of childhood cancer patients and their families. The program includes emergency financial assistance for families of children with cancer, weekly meals for inpatient children, educational materials in Spanish for the Spanish speaking patient population, and families and vital support for bereaved families.
- Caring for the Caregiver: Because CURE recognizes that the emotional strain on nurses, family support team members and other caregivers is immense, they are dedicated to caring for those who are in the trenches, caring not just for children with cancer but for their entire families. Through “Caring for the Caregiver,” CURE provide support breakfasts, lunches or dessert parties and other activities. Additionally, on a monthly basis, CURE recognizes and honors the strength and endurance among the front-line caregivers. They also provide continuing education opportunities to nurses and family support team members to ensure that children with cancer receive the best possible care.
- For more information about CURE’s extensive programs, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org or call 770-986-0035.