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Circle of Care for Families With Cancer, Incorporated
May 2, 2011

As the Child Life Specialist for inpatient pediatric oncology, I have been able to see, first hand, the impact Circle of Care has on children and families. At the time of diagnosis, families receive a "Bag of Love" which includes fun items for kids, care items, snacks, and vital educational materials for caregivers. This bag serves as a "welcome" to the hospital as well as an introduction to the Circle of Care program which is a resource families typically rely on throughout their treatment process.

Circle of Care provides volunteers that come into the hospital several times a week. These volunteers are invaluable in that they are willing to help in any way they can! Volunteers are able to play with children while families are talking with medical staff, able to "pick up" lunch or snack items, provide play activities at bedside or in the playroom, or, to lend a listening ear.

The Connexions program by Circle of Care is a lifeline to helping families comminucate! This programs provides laptop computers that patients and families can use to update blogs, communicate via email with friends and family, research a diagnosis/procedure, play games, or, watch movies! These laptops are usually the first things families ask for upon admission!

Another special program that makes Circle of Care unique is Art from the Heart. This amazing program partners creative teams with patients to create room make-overs! Patients are chosen by a lottery system several times a year and, if chosen, patients are able participate in creating a new special space, just for them! This program makes all the difference for children undergoing treatment as many children are spending more time at home after a diagnosis. It also gives the children something to look forward during their difficult journey of illness.

I can't say enough about Circle of Care and all they have done for our families. Every time we email or speak on the phone, they are always willing to help proivde support- whether financial or emotional. This is a relationship that I hope will continue for many years!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

This organization was started by families who understand oncology and the treatment process. They have expericned this difficult process in their own lives and have built support systems based on the needs that were not met in their own treatment procress. This organization has unique programs to offer and maintain strong relationships ongoing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Child Life Specialist.