There is nothing more devastating to a parent than hearing their child has cancer. All other priorities fade away compared to a fierce determination to seek the best medical care and life saving treatments, which is available only at Children's Hospitals in metropolitan communities. For most families, that means traveling far away and facing financial difficulties.
Pediatric Foundation provides direct financial support to Central Oregon families who have a children with cancer and must travel long distances to receive necessary diagnoses and treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplants. These treatments typically last for months or years.
Your contribution provides the funding to support these families with their travel expenses (gas, food, lodging) and has a direct impact on a parent's ability to care for their child. When parents can travel together without the worry of the extra expense, they can spend time focusing on the child and their needs.
Traveling to treat a child for cancer is expensive and stressful, and can be heartbreaking if some family members stay behind. That's why we're here - to provide the funds for families to be together.
We host food accounts at the Children's Hospitals, so when the families have extended stays, they can eat at the cafeteria or stop by the hallway kiosks for snacks, fruit and light meals. In fact, it's common for parents to use their food accounts to buy ice cream and fun treats for their kids in treatment. They can also grab dinner-to-go on their way out of town for the long trip home.
When the Ronald McDonald House is full, parents call us for help. We have discounted rates at local hospitals that helps families stay together.
When a parent has a unique need, we're the ones they call. From pet sitting to emergency lawn care, we are the ones that can find that help.