Go 4 the Goal worked with a family of ours to provide his end of life wish for a trip to Disneyland with his family. They went above and beyond to make this trip special for the family at the last minute! They booked a concierge level suite at a Disney Based hotel and coordinated with staff at the Disney hotel so the family would receive special treatment and be treated like royalty. Even though the patient received a Make a Wish (which disqualifies the family from most other organizations), Go 4 the Goal facilitated this special end of life trip to make memories with his family.
Our clinic was so amazed at the effort put into making this trip special for the family. Thank you for what you do not just for this family, but for all families and for pediatric oncology patients and clinic nationwide- it makes a huge difference in the lives of families and is truly appreciated.
Our institution, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, received a $66,000 grant from the Go4TheGoal Foundation to launch a child life clinical fellowship program. This fellowship will allow us to employ two child life fellows, with each fellowship lasting 12 months over a two-year period. As patient population increases, the program will add additional resources to support children going through cancer treatment and their families.
We are thrilled to partner with Go4TheGoal to offer comprehensive training to future child life specialists as well as the opportunity to expand our own program. Combining advanced proton therapy technology with comprehensive child life programming allows us to provide the highest-quality care for all our pediatric patients with cancer.
Our child life specialist works one-on-one with children throughout treatment to promote effective coping through medical play, preparation and education. This dedicated approach results in less emotional distress, better overall coping during treatment, a clearer understanding of procedures, and a more positive physical recovery and post-treatment adjustment.
We are so appreciative of the foundation's generosity and are enthusiastic about the benefits that this fellowship will provide to our pediatric patients with cancer and their families!
Go 4 The Goal Foundation has been a wonderful addition to our Pediatric Unit at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. Since meeting with Beth, all the staff members have worked around the clock to provide our Hospital with the materials and resources our Oncology patient's desperately needed. We previously did not have any tablets for the patient's to utilize during their stay or, for procedural distraction. Go 4 the goal provided us with one IPAD and two Amazon Kindle tablets which the patient's have been extremely thrilled about. I cannot express the gratitude I have and the huge smile on our patient's faces when they know they are able to borrow a Tablet. We also received two large bins filled with toys and board games to keep our patient's entertained and provide them with bravery reward prize after completed treatments and procedures. This has provided them with a distraction and positive reinforcement for compliance with medications and procedures. It has only been two days since our donation was provided but, I have already utilized so much. As the only Child life Specialist on the Unit, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for our patients. All the medical staff here at RUMC are extremely grateful for this donation and look forward to continue working with this foundation in the future.
Isabella Lombardo, CCLS
Go 4 the Goal brought the Oncology unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children a KId's Kart full of toys and treats ! One day Beth Stefanacci, founder, was here to replenish the Kart when she looked around our very well used clinic and infusion center and told us that she wanted to do a makeover for us. The process was long but Beth stayed with it and we now have a beautiful space that delights our patients and families. We have new flooring ,front desk and receiving area, new waiting room with a beautiful aquarium and computer area for parents. New video games and toys throughout the patient areas and a special area for teens to play games or just chat. This project has infused new life into our old worn out space and makes it a pleasure to come to work . Many of our families have noted how special this wonderful organization has made them feel by giving them such an amazing area where they and their children spend so much time. We will be forever grateful to Beth and her team at Go 4 the Goal!
Working with Beth and the entire Go4theGoal team has been such a pleasure over the past few years. Their dedication to the patients at Cohen Children's Medical Center is amazing! They are always willing to hear our feedback, as well as thinking of new and creative ways to meet the individual needs of the kids in our care. Their outpouring of love and support is tremendous, and we're very fortunate to have such a great partnership with them.
Go4thegoal staff have worked well with me and our campaign for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. They have been responsive, supportive, creative, and persistent in helping us to raise money for our Psychology Oncology Program. Our initiatives in the community are on the rise and Go4thegoal have been a large part of that success. We look forward to continued work with the entire team.
When we became aware of the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for kids with cancer that are being treated locally we knew we could make an impact!
When we announced to our coaches, players, and families that we were taking part in this event the support and interest was even greater than we expected. Many people are impacted by pediatric cancer and this cause seemed to really hit home for our players and families. It was also a way to easily introduce the idea of philanthropy and giving back to our young players, and many of them became our most vocal supporters! Doing this on a club-wide basis, and encouraging full teams to buy and participate, made a great statement for our club on the event day. Plus, at just $5.00 a pair to get involved it allowed anyone who was interested to participate in the event. Our parents, players, and coaches displayed great pride showing off their laces and it helped to reinforce our club’s message about the importance of being engaged in and giving back to our communities.
Finally, not only is this a great cause to support it is also very easy to administer and a fun and visible event to be a part of. We would highly recommend Go4theGoal’s Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer event to any youth sport organization that wants to give back to their community!
Go 4 The Goal has been a phenomenal organization to work with. They are responsive and are quick to help in a pinch. While they provide financial support to our oncology patients/families they are also, on occasion able to help with fun requests such as toys or items to help keep patients busy during long term hospitalizations. They recently sent one of our patients a Lego kit, The Tower Bridge of London to build. The patient has it almost half completed and just beams when talking about how fun it is to put together. Thank you Go 4 The Goal for helping not only with financial hardships during pediatric oncology treatments but for helping improve the quality of life for our young patients during long term hospitalizations. We hope to continue our work with Go 4 The Goal and appreciate everything they do for our patients, families, and other children's healthcare organizations around the country.
Go4thegoal was fantastic to work with! I don't think that I have ever had such quick turn around when working with a foundation to help a family. I contacted Go4thegoal and that same afternoon they had reached out to the family and the family received the assistance needed! They were very responsive and easy to work with. I look forward to working with Go4thegoal in the future!
Here at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia we consider ourselves to be fortunate to partner with pediatric oncology foundations such as Go 4 The Goal because they assist us in our efforts to serve families best. Go 4 The Goal recently provided several families with the opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Soul game. This was a wonderful opportunity for families to see an exciting sporting event and to spend quality time with one another. We are so appreciative of all that Go 4 The Goal does in support of families impacted by pediatric cancer.