The Children’s Cancer Fund is an all-volunteer organization, providing services to patients and families undergoing treatment at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida. The Children’s Cancer Fund is an affiliate of the Jackson Memorial Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable entity.   

Since its inception in 1997, the Children’s Cancer Fund has provided patients and their families with the support, knowledge and guidance they need to cope during times of physical, mental and emotional struggle.  These patients are infants, children, teens and young adults who are battling cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders, including those children who are undergoing stem cell transplantation.  The needs of these patients are great, and extend well beyond the excellent medical care which they receive. See below for how to make a contribution, and please remember that any donation helps make a difference!


Our Mission

When you help a child, you help a family.
When you help a family, you help a community.
When you help a community, you help us all!

BUILD MEMORIES,
STRENGTHEN BONDS, 
FORGE FUTURES!

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Please Make A Donation Today!

All donations are exceedingly helpful and welcome.

To make a credit card donation, please visit jacksonhealthfoundation.org/donate
under "Designation" select Children's Cancer Fund

Checks may be made payable to the Children’s Cancer Fund. Please mail checks to:

Children's Cancer Fund
P.O. Box 43-1838
South Miami, FL33243

The Children’s Cancer Fund is an affiliate of the Jackson Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable institution. Federal Tax I.D. Number 65-0077727. Donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support!


Handprints Art Project made in collaboration with local Miami artists and children undergoing cancer treatment.

Handprints Art Project made in collaboration with local Miami artists and children undergoing cancer treatment.

The Reality

Did you know that over 15,000 new cases of pediatric cancer will be diagnosed this year, and many more children are born with other life-threatening blood disorders?  According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before they reach the age of 20.  The good news is that most of these children survive when they receive state-of-the-art treatment in facilities like those at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service.

The future may be bright, but there is a battle to be waged!  The Children’s Cancer Fund offers children and their families the support needed as they endure necessary life-saving treatments.  We are dedicated to bringing hope and smiles to children stricken with cancer and other blood disorders, and to help families cope with the burden of this diagnosis.


Our Programs & Services

The following programs and services are offered through generous donations to the Children’s Cancer Fund.  (Therefore, the ability to provide or enhance these services is subject to funding availability.)

These programs and services are provided only to patients being treated at the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology outpatient clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Patient/Family Assistance Program
The Patient/Family Assistance Program provides limited financial assistance, such as funds for emergency housing, transportation, temporary lodging, food aids, reproductive testing, and more to families who are suffering serious monetary hardships due to illness.

Family Resource Bag
Family resource tote bags are available to all newly diagnosed patients and their families.  Filled with educational information and materials regarding diagnosis and treatment, these totes also include age appropriate comfort items, such as blankets, stuffed animals or other toys.

Family Strength & Unity
The Family Strength & Unity Program provides opportunities for families to create and grow strong bonds during a time of adversity.  The Program is dedicated to hosting fun-filled, family-friendly events and holiday celebrations aimed at helping patients successfully find hope and courage within themselves and each other.

Arts in Medicine
Creative Expression for Children with Cancer and Other Life Threatening Illnesses. 
Local artists and volunteers provide patients and families with creative endeavors, while promoting an environment of self-expression.  The art program boosts patient confidence, while fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Patient/Family Environment
Resources are provided to enhance the patient and family clinic environment by providing such items as wall activities, waiting area play items and activities, holiday decorations and other activities which promote family centered care.

Prize Box
Small, but meaningful gifts or special stickers chosen by the patients from the prize box somehow make the needles more bearable.  Larger gifts are provided for patient birthdays and graduations.  


CCF Board of Directors
(all volunteers)

Fred Annunziata, Executive Director
Cathy Thomas Block, M.Ed., Secretary
Letitia T. Cason, M.Ed., Treasurer
Maria Luisa Boord, Events Coordinator
Maria Victoria de la Cruz, Marketing Coordinator
Miriam Machado
Joanna Davis, M.D.
Ellen White, ARNP
Monica G. Mora