Who – We are Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides support to families with children (19 and under) that have been diagnosed with cancer. Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. was founded in in August of 2004 by Charles “Don” Hill and 3 friends to help families in need. Our mission statement is twofold:
We are committed to ensuring that no one has to face the diagnosis
of childhood cancer alone, and secondly, we provide financial
assistance to childhood cancer families during the most difficult
time of their lives.
We have grown to a 10 member board of local business people who have a passion for helping families in need.
What – What do we do? We help in any way possible. We help the children, the moms, the dads the
sisters the brothers. We help the family who has a child that has been diagnosed with cancer. We pay electric bills, we buy groceries, and we buy clothes, shoes, gas cards, help pay for lodging at Ronald McDonald Home. We pay for car repairs or help find transportation. We help pay for funeral expenses. We buy birthday, Christmas and End of Treatment gifts. We put on Fashion Shows – not just to raise money – but to give the children suffering something fun and positive to focus on. We hold their hands and dry their tears. We listen and we hug. We do whatever we can to help.
When – Once a child has been diagnosed with cancer until they are in remission, reach the age of 20 or pass away we will support the family (as long as they remain in Volusia County). We give assistance when they ask for it – for gas money or electric bill. We also assist by paying Ronald McDonald home directly when families need it. We are available all year round. We will also refer families to other sources of assistance if we know they can help – charitable organizations, Medicaid, local churches.
Where – We help families that live in our community. Specifically, we help families that live in Volusia County, Florida. In 2010 Volusia had a populous of just fewer than 500,000. We are located in Central Florida. Our families must travel anywhere from 25 – 65 miles for treatment. The only two local hospitals are located in Orlando. Don spends quite a bit of time with the families at the hospitals, but our financial support stays within Volusia.
Why – Because fighting cancer is a battle and there are multiple “fronts”. Some organizations are fighting the disease with treatment, trying to find a cure, raise awareness, and get funding to help with research and development. We help the victims – the families that are being crushed by this disease. Most times, at least one parent looses their job. Single parent families go from just-getting-by to barely making it. We do it because no mother should have to choose between gas money to get their child to chemotherapy or paying the electric bill. As parents, uncles, aunts, sisters and brothers, not one of us would want to have to face cancer alone. So we try to make sure no one has to.
***The Childhood Cancer Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, tax exempt organization whose programs & services are funded entirely by private donations, foundation grants and corporate contributions. Your donations of time and financial assistance helps us to provide hope to the youngest cancer patients in Volusia County. EIN number: 20-0735170.