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American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest

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Causes: Cancer, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Patient & Family Support, Pediatrics

Mission: To advocate for children with cancer and their families, alleviate fear, confusion, isolation and practical challenges by offering newly diagnosed families tools to best cope with the journey ahead. These tools include social, psychological, and financial support. Our mission statement: to educate, support, serve and advocate for families of children with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer and the professionals who care for them.

Programs: Patient services:a childhood cancer diagnosis is a frightening, stressful, and confusing time. Even the strongest family foundations are challenged. Less secure foundations can sometimes be shattered. Accoin addresses the social, psychological, and financial needs of children with cancer and their families by providing hands-on direct support through educational materials, support groups, stress reducing activities, practical supplies to assist with hospital life, and financial assistance. In our accoin database for the 2016/2017 fiscal year, we now have 451 families we serve with 380 childhood cancer survivors. There are 1,790 individual members that include the parents and siblings. With an office located at sacred heart children's hospital in spokane, wa, accoin provides a safe haven for parents and children to find respite during treatment.

parties and special events:we bring families (in-treatment, post treatment, and bereaved) together in a relaxing setting so that they can share, learn and support each other. Accoin offers the assurance with real life examples that families can progress and even become stronger through childhood cancer treatments and beyond. Special events provide a much needed social network for families to benefit socially, psychologically, and emotionally from gathering informally with other children and families who uniquely understand the challenges and long-term effects of a childhood cancer diagnosis. Approximately 2/3 of children will face some degree of latent effects from the treatments they receive.

programs:special programs enhance the lives of cancer patients and their families through various avenues. Our programs address the needs of a diverse set of our population that include teens, siblings, bereaved families, and volunteers from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Families become empowered through childhood cancer awareness efforts, teenagers with cancer benefit from events and meetings to reduce isolation and address the issues unique to that age group, and sibling support lets siblings know they are not forgotten amidst medical treatment, doctor visits, and illness.

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