Mission: Childhood Leukemia Foundation''s (CLF) goal is to empower and improve the lives of young cancer patients and their families through its various program services. CLF programs include Hope Binders, Hugs U Wear and Wish Baskets. Each program is designed to educate, entertain, raise self-esteem and bring a sense of joy into their challenging lives.
Programs: 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.
Hi, I would like to Thank The Childhood leulemia Foundation, my 12yr. old son gas been in remission for over a year. During his intensive radiation treatment he lost most of his hearing in his right ear and some in his left. The Dr. said it was a direct result of the radiation and he would never recover what hearing was lost. We were devistated, another blow to his young life. We sougt a hearing specialist, who suggested he wear hearing aids. When we looked into the special type that was needed we found out the cost was $1,850.00 dollars each, we could not afford them at thi s point. I was directed to contact the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, upon doing so, the dircetor asked me some questions, and wanted the social workers information along with my sons. Within one week my son was fitted with two special hearing aids, and the cost to us was zero, TheChildhood leukemia Foundation, picked up the entire cost. I can not thank them enough, they are a God-send, to this day he,s hearing and doing well, again I must thank them for their generoosity and unconditional help. Thank You, Harry. R.