Patient and Family Services

Early Outreach Program
Because we know the impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis, CURE’s early outreach program pulls families from a place of isolation into a community of supporters.

Family Emergency Fund
We provide emergency financial assistance to ease the financial burdens caused by ongoing treatment.

Open Arms Meal Program
Several days a week, we bring food, comfort and community to hospitalized patients and their caregivers.

Partners in Caring Counseling Program
CURE provides counseling for childhood cancer patients and their families at little or no cost.

Bereavement Care
When a family loses a child to cancer, we offer ongoing support, from counseling to our annual Weekend of Hope and Healing and Legacy of Love retreat.

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Research Highlights

CURE has contributed $22 million in pediatric cancer research funding since 2005. Through the generosity of donors, our 2017-2018 Pediatric Cancer Research Initiative commits more than $4 million to 17 promising, life-saving research projects. Additionally, CURE funded the development of the Aflac Cancer Center Precision Medicine Program. This $1.5 million award is part of a three-year commitment to a truly cutting-edge program that exists in only a small handful of pediatric cancer centers across the country. We are proud to be able to bring this program, which envisions personalized, non-toxic, and curative cancer therapy for all children, to fruition.

“This could give immediate hope for patients who have failed with other therapies,” said Douglas Graham, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, who is leading the new program. “I hope this gives kids a chance at a better outcome – because we try to tailor medical treatment specifically to their needs.”

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A Loving and Supportive Community

Lauren's Run and the CURE Annual Picnic
For 24 years, thousands of supporters have gathered to walk and run in support of CURE, raising more than $3.8 million for lifesaving pediatric cancer research. Lauren’s Run truly brings the community together, with families, schools and companies forming race teams and joining the family festival to support our fight.

Lauren’s Run participants, as well as families diagnosed with childhood cancer, and their supporters join together for the CURE Annual Family Day of Fun. The event is a day unlike any other with dozens of games, prizes, elaborate face painting, enormous inflatables, music and dancing, arts and crafts, a full lunch, and so much more.

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Weekend of Hope and Healing
Each January CURE hosts our weekend of Hope and Healing. We gather together to celebrate the lives of the children who are no longer with us while providing essential skills-based presentations and workshops to assist parents in their grief process. Although brief, our time together is rich with fellowship and unspoken understandings each loss has on a parent. One parent shares, “I knew that once I walked through the door I would be with a family of kindred spirits. I feel renewed and strengthened from the fellowship.”

A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes
Quiet Heroes is truly a one of a kind event. Once each year, nearly 600 people gather to pay tribute to the strength and courage of mothers of children with cancer. It is a day to honor those women whose love and tireless dedication guide their families through an unimaginable journey. Importantly, the day will also raise much needed funds for life-saving pediatric cancer research. Through this tribute event, mothers and their supporters come together to provide strength to one another, share their uplifting stories, and build meaningful connections with other families impacted by childhood cancer.

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