Badger Childhood Cancer Network is a non-profit organization, serving families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, primarily focused on those treated at the American Family Children’s Hospital. Roughly 100 children are diagnosed each year, with approximately 250 on treatment at any given time. BCCN’s services include:
- Providing information and assistance to the families of hospitalized children, including ‘New Diagnosis Bags’ with a parent binder, books on childhood cancer, toys, games and comfort items for the child and a toiletry kit and $50 gas card for parents during that first difficult hospitalization.
- Sponsoring quarterly parties and other fun outings and activities so kids, their siblings and parents can enjoy themselves as families and share informal support with others who are on the same journey.
- Providing emergency funds to families of area children with cancer who need help with transportation and other basic living expenses.
- Supplying and maintaining the popular Pediatric Heme-Onc Hero Bead program at American Family Children’s Hospital. Kids and teens collect beads that represent the many procedures and milestones of their personal cancer experience and string them onto cords, creating a permanent, touchable record of their strength and endurance.
- Hosting a monthly Family Support Group, giving our parents a chance to dine together and share support while the kids play and meet one another in a fun, non-medical atmosphere.
- Giving prepaid gas cards to families who must travel long distances for a child’s treatments.
- Helping make connections between families of children with similar diagnoses so that they can share information, practical tips and support.
- Sponsoring an annual ‘Adopt-A-Family’ program during the holidays, offering donors the opportunity to purchase gifts and groceries for families in need whose children are on intensive treatment.
For more information:
Check out the BCCN website at www.badgerchildhoodcancer.org or call 608-231-8006
. . . because kids can’t fight cancer alone!