Programs that Support Kids with Cancer
There are many different charities who claim to support pediatric cancer research, and children and families with cancer. But it can be difficult to know how reliable they are, and what kind of impact they truly have.
The following two charities have supported the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant program, as well as many of our patients.
St. Baldrick's Foundation
St. Baldrick's Foundation is working across America to raise money for childhood cancer research. The organization funds more pediatric cancer research than any organization in the country other than the federal government. In 2010 alone, over $12.8 million was funded.
Money is raised by groups across the country who organize fun events, many times involving shaving heads for pledges. As the name suggests, the events are timed to occur around St. Patrick's Day.
Many local communities have taken part in the fund raising and the head shaving. This includes Madison, Beaver Dam, Portage and DeForest to name a few. If you would like to check out this and other great ideas to be involved in this organization their website is www.stbaldricks.org.
This past year our own Dr. Sinisa Dovat, MD, received a research grant from St. Baldrick's. Dr. Dovat is doing research focusing on AML at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Research will help in the design of drugs to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia that are less toxic to the child.
For more than 25 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.
Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings that enable us to provide ongoing support for children and families - from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment.
A really neat website game that teaches about bone marrow and our cells is called Uncovering the Mysteries of the Bone Marrow and is found at www.starlight.org/programs/#Cancer.
Knowing the Difference
The following website can help give you peace of mind that your donation will actually go towards the programs the non-profit claims to support:
There are so many non-profits that are raising money for good causes. Many times the names are very similar leading to confusion about exactly which organization is requesting money. Charity Navigator is an independent evaluator of these organizations. They evaluate the efficiency and financial health of over 5,500 charities. If you are in need of information about an organization, such as what they fund, whether they help out locally or not, and how well they put their dollars to work, check out their website at www.charitynavigator.org.