Childhood Cancer Resources

TeamConnor has compiled a variety of resources that you may find helpful during a child’s journey through cancer. We will continue to update with new information so check back regularly for new information.

Organizations

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is one of 11 agencies that are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NCI coordinates the U.S. National Cancer Program and conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other activities related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; the supportive care of cancer patients and their families; and cancer survivorship.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

We will offer children and young adults hope and an opportunity to lead full and productive lives. We will lead the efforts worldwide to cure cancers through the excellence and compassion of our people, research-driven innovative therapies, education programs and active collaboration with patients, families and communities.

People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2)

PAC2 was founded in 2008 to provide the childhood cancer community a place to connect and support the mission of curing childhood cancer.  It has since grown to over 5,000 members including nearly 100 childhood cancer organizations.  PAC2 provides a national forum for sharing information and news and continually supports and promotes the efforts of all childhood cancer organizations.  Its overall mission is reflected in its slogan “One Voice Against Childhood Cancer”.  PAC2 is an independent organization that does not raise funds or duplicate or compete with the efforts of its members.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model. The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

American Childhood Cancer Foundation (formerly Candlelighters)

Founded in 1970, ACCO/Candlelighters has more than 40,000 members worldwide. Some of the free services provided by Candlelighters are a yearly bibliography and resource guide, quarterly newsletter, and various handbooks to help families of children with cancer.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

An independent 501c3 organization whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children across the world. Programs are grass-roots driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most—right in their own communities.

Children’s Oncology Group

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute supported clinical trials group, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 7,500 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.

Caps for Kids

Caps for Kids is an international 501(c)3 non profit organization with programs in more than 100 hospitals scattered throughout the United States and Canada. We are dedicated to giving caps signed by athletes, entertainers and other notable celebrities to children who are pediatric cancer patients.

Viacord

Viacord is spearheading research for many cancers with the umbilical cord blood cells they collect. Cord blood stem cells are used therapeutically in transplants to help cure, treat and repair damaged blood and immune systems. This is especially valuable for treating damage caused by radiation or chemotherapy. Cord blood stem cells are being studied for potential use in regenerative medicine. The hope is that these cells will one day be used to help stimulate and guide the body’s own repair system to heal damaged tissue and organs.

Heroes for Children

Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to families with children (0-22 years of age) battling cancer. Heroes for Children was founded in memory of Taylor Anne Brewton and Allison ‘Allie’ Leigh Scott, who both passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  Since 2004, Heroes for Children has provided $5.5 million to more than 5,000 families throughout Texas through our financial and social assistance programs.  There is no other organization that provides direct and immediate assistance to families with such ease when it comes to restoring normalcy and bringing comfort through each family’s journey.

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