Barbara’s Friends Survivor Stories

Our Survivors and Heroes

The stories of courage and strength displayed by Southwest Florida children and families fighting childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders are inspiring.

Even as Barbara Haskell, 36, was terminally ill with cancer, she was inspired by the spirit and tenacity of children she met who were also facing down cancer. She asked her father Frank Haskell to help kids with cancer after she was gone. Barbara’s Friends, the childhood cancer fund for Golisano Children’s Hospital was established in 1995.

Thanks to the support of Barbara’s Friends, no child is denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay for care. Barbara’s Friends helps provide all possible resources from medication to transportation, gas cards for families to get to and from treatment, meals for the parents when a child is staying overnight so they don’t have to leave their bedside, a state of the art facility, equipment, medical supplies, therapy and staffing – all made possible by philanthropic support.

Like Barbara, let yourself be inspired by the stories of hope from these brave children.

About Barbara’s Friends

Learn more about Barbara’s Friends and how they’re helping children and families in Southwest Florida stay close to home for lifesaving treatment of cancer and blood disorders.

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