Patient & Family Services
Each and every child diagnosed with cancer and his or her family are a part of the CURE family. Our support will never waiver.
We understand the trauma that comes with a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Through our Early Outreach Program, we aim to reach out to families at or near diagnosis to let them know they are not alone and to connect them with important resources to help them throughout their journey. CURE Totes are given to families at diagnosis, providing useful items including a tip booklet written by parents of children who have fought cancer. As part of our Early Outreach Program, we also spend quality time with families during weekly visits to the outpatient clinics and inpatient units of hospitals.
Open Arms Meal Program
Through the Open Arms Meal Program, we provide lunch and dinner to inpatient families and caregivers at the Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as Memorial Hospital in Savannah. These meals relieve families of burdensome expenses and, most importantly, help families form connections with CURE staff and volunteers and other hospitalized families with similar experiences.
“The day we got to the Aflac floor, a CURE volunteer dished up a good Italian meal for me. I’m not sure I could have done it myself — my hands were shaky and I don’t think I had eaten in two days. Serving meals seems like such a little thing and it is such a big thing, in reality.” ~ Mark
Family Emergency Fund
In order to ease some of the financial burdens of ongoing treatment, CURE provides emergency financial assistance to families of children with cancer. Those seeking assistance should contact their social worker about eligibility and availability.
“We want to thank you for helping us out financially with our bills. Our world was turned upside down when our son was diagnosed last October with Leukemia. Your foundation is a Blessing!”
Counseling & Workshops
CURE’s Counseling Program helps address the unique psychological needs of families affected by childhood cancer. CURE families are eligible to receive up to 10 counseling sessions with licensed professionals at minimal cost. We also host free workshops several times throughout the year.
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.”
For families who have attended our Weekend of Hope and Healing five times, or are further along in their grief journey and would prefer a one day retreat, Legacy of Love focuses on families reconnecting with other bereaved families in a relaxed environment. Legacy of Love will include a speaker addressing a topic relevant to this group as well as a recreational activity and a memorable candle lighting ceremony. A parent shares, “This day gives me the chance to fellowship with my extended family and, most importantly, continue to share the love I have for my son.”
In addition to the programs mentioned above, CURE serves families in many other ways, including:
- Projects and Playtime at the Zone at Scottish Rite
- Holiday assistance
- Holiday celebration
- Tickets for special events
- Snack and toiletry bags
- Brown Bag Lunches
- Comfort baskets
- CURE Annual Picnic
- Family Resource Binder (click for printable pages)