I chose CURE because they do sooooooo much more than what you think a Childhood cancer org would do. They help the families too. NO CHILD FIGHTS ALONE. As a group fitness instructor and personal trainer I grow close to all of my people and always seem to grow close to their children too. Brenna was one of those children. She was diagnosed and through her cancer journey, her and her family have felt the CURE love. Here are just a few things CURE does for families of those children.
We understand the trauma that comes with a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Through our Early Outreach Program, we aim to connect with families at or near diagnosis to let them know they are not alone and to connect them with important resources. 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. If your child was recently diagnosed and you have not connected with CURE, please let us know.
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.
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 meals at The Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of 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.
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. For more information about CURE’s counseling program, contact Karen Rutherford at 770-986-0035 ext. 26 or [email protected], or simply submit a referral request.
Counseling Referral Form
Partners in Caring Counseling Guidelines
CURE Childhood Cancer, Inc. (“CURE”) recognizes the impact that a childhood cancer diagnosis can have on the whole family. CURE’s family-centered approach to addressing these unique experiences includes partnering with a network of licensed community-based therapists to offer counseling sessions to CURE families.
A family’s circumstances must include one of the following to be considered eligible to receive support through CURE’s Partners in Caring Counseling Program (the “Program”):
A child diagnosed with cancer, LCH, HLH, or aplastic anemia
A child who relapsed with cancer, LCH, HLH, or aplastic anemia
A child who passed away from cancer, LCH, HLH, or aplastic anemia
CURE provides up to 10 counseling sessions for each eligible family. The first session is free; for each session thereafter, (sessions 2-10), the family will pay the therapist directly a $25.00 co-pay per session. The 10 sessions may be used in any combination to best support the family’s needs: individual counseling, couples counseling, family counseling, etc. The 10 sessions are considered a once-per-lifetime benefit and do not renew.
Once you have signed and returned this form to CURE, we will issue you an authorization code (CUREXXXXXX). Once you have received your authorization code you are responsible for contacting the therapist directly to schedule an appointment.
We understand that sometimes appointments have to be canceled. You are responsible for canceling a scheduled session at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged a cancellation fee equal to the co-pay. The cancellation fee will be waived if the missed appointment is the direct result of a medical issue related to your child’s illness.
The Summit Counseling Center and the center and/or therapist providing counseling services (the “Provider”) are committed to patient and family confidentiality, and they comply with applicable law (e.g., HIPAA) and guidelines to protect the privacy of healthcare information. CURE authorizes sessions for participants utilizing a limited release of protected health information This does not authorize the Providers to disclose clinical information to CURE regarding patients or their families.
CURE Childhood Cancer offers the Program solely to support patients with childhood cancer, LCH, HLH, or aplastic anemia, as well as the families of such patients. While CURE has chosen to partner with an accredited center with state-licensed Providers, CURE has no responsibility for, and makes no representations or warranties with respect to, a) the actions or inaction of Providers who render counseling and other services through this Program, including, but not limited to, any action taken by such Providers based on their perceived or actual legal or ethical obligations to report to legal authorities or other third-parties information obtained during the course of providing services as a part of the Program; b) the information provided by the Providers in any form, whether printed or electronic; c) the quality or outcome of services provided through this Program; or d) the ability of Providers to provide the contracted services, including any express, statutory, and implied warranties of treatment outcome. CURE reserves completely the right to alter the type and nature of the programs or services offered. By participating in the Program, patients and their families agree to hold CURE harmless for any breach of professional liability while receiving services from Providers.
By submitting this form, I give CURE Childhood Cancer permission to provide my name, contact information, and limited health information regarding the child with cancer to the Providers providing counseling services. By submitting I am also stating that I have read and understand these Guidelines and the Disclaimer provided above.
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.
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.