Childhood Cancer Resource Guide Unveiled To Northern Nevada Residents|
RENO, Nev. (Sept. 8, 2008) – Over 200 people came out in support of northern Nevada organizations that support families afflicted with childhood cancer at this year’s Northern Nevada Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. At the event, Renown Health, in collaboration with Keaton Raphael Memorial and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Nevada, unveiled the first-ever Childhood Cancer Resource Guide detailing resources and support services available for northern Nevada families.
“When a child has cancer it not only touches the child, but families, caretakers, social workers and medical staff,” said Joel Muller, vice president of the Renown Health Foundation. “This guide was designed to help each of these parties understand and access local and national pediatric resources.”
Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children. In our region, more than 45 children are diagnosed with childhood cancers each year. With treatments lasting anywhere from one to five years, that number is compounded to an estimated 150 patients. Having the tools to better understand and access the local and national resources available is essential for many of these families. Included in the Childhood Cancer Resource Guide are the numerous resources available to patients and families in northern Nevada, resources that allow them to receive their care at home without having to travel out-of-area.
Made possible by a generous grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Childhood Cancer Resource Guide is a collaborative effort by The Keaton Raphael Memorial, Renown Institute for Cancer and the Ronald McDonald House. The guide is divided into four sections: 1. Northern Nevada Support Services – detailing local information and support, financial assistance, food and clothing, housing and utility assistance, transportation, wigs and community healthcare organizations 2. National Resources – including national information and support, camps, health advocates and prescription assistance, online support and private Web pages and scholarships 3. Pediatric Cancer Medical Services – services in areas including northern Nevada, the Bay Area and Sacramento and Salt Lake City 4. Notes – a place for families to personalize information they receive throughout their journey
Distribution of the guide is throughout northern Nevada including many of the rural communities where it can be more of a challenge to find cancer support services for children and their families. The guide includes telephone numbers, Web sites and brief descriptions on each resource or service listed.
Renown Health’s Pediatric Specialty Care offers the only pediatric hematology and cancer care in the region. These services allow children to receive specialized care for major illnesses while remaining in the community. The program provides highly trained physicians who specialize in treating children and adolescents with blood diseases and cancer, including leukemia, solid tumors and brain tumors. Renown also offers the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit. For a complete list of childhood cancer services or to request a copy of the Childhood Cancer Resource Guide visit www.renown.org.