Join Us in Celebrating Children’s Hospital Week

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Did you know that this Monday, April 19 kicks off Children’s Hospital Week? The national observance continues through Saturday, April 24. This special week celebrates the everyday medical miracles that occur at children’s hospitals across the country.

Children’s Hospital Week is also aimed at ensuring that your local children’s hospital will have the necessary funds to continue providing lifesaving pediatric care to local Southwest Florida children. After all, 2020 proved to be a challenging year for many. Parents, in particular, have been stretched thin. The global pandemic introduced unanticipated stressors such as job loss, reduced income, limited child care and more.

The financial need for family assistance at Golisano Children’s Hospital is greater than ever before. In 2020 alone, Golisano diagnosed a record-breaking 70 Southwest Florida children and young adults with cancer. This represents the highest number of new diagnoses ever seen by our dedicated pediatric hematology and oncology center. An additional nine children received new cancer diagnoses during the first few monthsof 2021.

Dominick is one of these nine children. In just one week, Dominick went from playing a soccer game to a leukemia diagnosis hours later. Pre-diagnosis, he was considered a healthy and active 10-year-old boy. Now, Dominick endures aggressive treatments that involve month-long stays for inpatient chemotherapy at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Boy and his mother sitting in a hospital bed

As this reality becomes Dominick’s new normal, his family needs financial support from Barbara’s Friends. As Golisano Children’s Hospital’s cancer fund, Barbara’s Friends exists to help kids with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders whose families may require financial assistance. Barbara’s Friends ensures that children like Dominick can access critical oncology and pediatric services during their hospital stay.

Unfortunately, Barbara’s Friends lost approximately half a million dollars in funding due to the global pandemic. And yet, the next five years requires a critical investment in pediatric neurosurgery and mental health, state-of-the-art operating equipment, total immersion and virtual reality chemotherapy, the young adult program and more.

You are the secret to our future success. This Children’s Hospital Week, please become a friend by donating to Barbara’s Friends. Your generous gift will make all the difference in the life of a young cancer patient like Dominick. And, all funds raised stay local to support Southwest Florida kids.

Let’s make miracles happen together.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Craig MacArthur is the medical director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.