believe in the journey
We believe in Dayton Children’s ability to be responsive to the needs and choices of each family. The money raised from CHA-CHA will help fund a social work and child life position specifically for cancer patients and families at Dayton Children’s.
“Along with providing daily activities such as games, activities and distraction tools, a dedicated child life specialist for our cancer patients will be able to provide pre-procedural preparation, procedural support, medical play and expressive activities to help children understand and cope with their diagnosis and hospital stay,” says Karen Muller, director of child life at Dayton Children’s.
Social work examines the many needs and challenges for patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families, from emotional and financial to adjustment issues such as school re-entry and the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the siblings of a family. The social worker is an advocate for the patient and family in meeting a broad spectrum of needs that continue past treatment, into the area of survivorship.
In 2011, Dayton Children’s saw 54 newly diagnosed cases of cancer. Currently, the hematology and oncology specialists at Dayton Children’s see over 400 patients for either therapy treatment or follow-up appointments. Dayton Children's Cancer Program follows nationally-approved protocols for cancer treatment.
We believe in "Emily's Beads of Courage" to help childhood cancer warriors mark their journey. Learn more about this special program here.
A Child Life Specialist helps cancer hero, Nevin, play on an ipad to distract him from one of his many treatments. The Comprehensive Care Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton is one of only 10 accredited pediatric cancer care programs in the nation housed in a freestanding children’s hospital. Learn more here.