Purpose

This is a non-endowed fund to support the Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Departments. Cure Kids Cancer Fund furthers Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Section’s work by providing State of the Art pediatric cancer research through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), professional advancement for staff and students through conferences/trainings and provide global supportive psychosocial services to enhance the quality of life of our patients and their families throughout treatment and beyond cure.

Background

We want to ensure that when children are diagnosed with cancer, they get all the resources available to help them fight the disease.  That means providing state-of-the-art medical care, as well as psychological and social support for both them and their families. We do our best to make hospital stays for our young patients and families as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Last year in 2015, 17 more patients were diagnosed with cancer. Of those diagnosed, the oldest was 22, and the youngest was 6 months old. They have various types of cancer and varying lengths of treatment.  After their treatment is complete, they are also seen here in follow-up for several years.

Children’s Hospital Infusion Center (CHIC): Located in the pediatric suite of the Physician’s Office Center, the WVU Medicine Children’s Infusion Center provides outpatient intravenous infusion service for children with complex medical problems such as cancer.  Providing outpatient infusion service allows children with complex medical diagnosis the opportunity to remain independent and participate in normal family and social functions while maintaining necessary treatment protocols.

Examples if Use

Ways monies from the Cure Kids Cancer fund are used include:

    • Hosting special events for patients and their families including holiday parties and discharge parties
    • Providing arts and craft supplies for the Pediatric Infusion Center
    • Providing new patient handbooks and other educations or related materials
    • Providing WVU Medicine Children’s Infusion Center with drinks, food, and related items for patient and family’s comfort during treatments
    • Assistance paying monthly bills (mortgage/rent, utilities, car payments, etc.) and meal coupons for hospital cafeteria.

Click to make a gift to support the needs of West Virginia’s Pediatric Cancer Patients and families.

Contact:
Megan Skubovius, Development Officer
WVU Medicine Children’s
304-598-4346 ext. 5
skuboviusm@wvumedicine.org