HOPE BINDERS - The goal of CLF's Hope Binder program is to improve a patient's level of health literacy. Pediatric oncology patients and their families are often overwhemed with the amount of medical and insurance information associated with a chronic illness such as cancer. The Hope Binder has 12 sections to reference and record, in their own words, medical information regarding the child's treatment. The binders also include an assortment of informational booklets regarding pain management and dietary tips, as well as, a 75 minute pre-paid telephone calling card to keep in close contact with friends and family. In 2009, CLF will have distributed over 12,500 Hope Binders to newly diagnosed patients within a network of over 160 hospitals throughout the U.S. A video, created by Cigna Foundation, illustrates the benefits of the Hope Binder for one particular patient and can be viewed on CLF's website www.clf4kids.org
HUGS U WEAR - CLF's Hugs U Wear program offers human hair wigs to young cancer patients who have lost their own hair due to chemotherapy treatments. The Hug U Wear is a 100% human hair wig that is sewn into a lightweight cap and comes with a detachable hat. The child can choose from several styles to help deal with the stress and embarrassment of hair loss. Hugs U Wear help promote a positive self-image to ease the transition back to "normal life." In 2009, CLF will have provided approximately 3,000 Hugs U Wear to children in need.
WISH BASKETS - Children diagnosed with cancer must endure long hours of boredom awaiting treatment, grueling chemotherapy sessions, and spinal taps. As a result, CLF provides Wish Baskets to help lift the spirits of these young cancer patients during a particularly difficult time in their lives. The baskets are filled with age appropriate items such as pajama bottoms with a matching pillow case, an MP3 player, individual games and a $50 Gift Card to purchase another wish item(s) of their choice. The Wish Basket program replaces CLF's Letters of Hope program and is designed to reach out to many more pediatric oncology patients. In all, CLF has helped to fulfill the wishes of over 9,000 children with cancer.