November is National Gratitude Month: What are you grateful for?
It’s National Gratitude Month! Many studies have shown gratitude helps alleviate stress and improve healing. This is especially true for parents and children battling childhood cancer. When challenging times come, gratefulness can elude us. Instead, parents’ mental and emotional focus is to get and give their child the best care and treatment. Focus on life’s […]
Cancer Parents Recognized During National Family Caregivers Month
As a parent, you are always a caregiver to your child throughout their childhood. However, when your child is diagnosed with cancer, this is a different kind of caregiving and certainly not what a parent plans for. It is grueling, physically, and emotionally exhausting, and takes you to a higher calling, or it takes you […]
Kids with Cancer Can Celebrate Halloween, Here’s How…
The joy on the face of a child as they strut about in their costume collecting candy door-to-door on Halloween is often lost on families with children coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. More often, parents of cancer kids are stressed, worried and focused on what they can do to save their child’s life […]
Physical Activity During Childhood Cancer, Does It Have to End?
The crack of a baseball bat hitting a ball on a warm summer day, the smell of fresh-cut grass on a soccer field as your son or daughter runs down the turf trying to score the winning goal, these are the dreams and hopes of many parents for their child. But for parents of children […]
Nutrition: Where is the time to cook healthy meals?
One of the biggest challenges facing parents and caregivers of children with cancer is good nutrition. Whether it be for the child or the caregiver, eating healthy is a struggle. Undergoing cancer treatment can have a significant impact on appetite. Dealing with the side effects of nausea and low energy is rough. Not only that, […]
October is Emotional Wellness Month: Stress and Cancer
“In the days and weeks following my brain cancer diagnosis, stress was a given. Saying my family and I suffered from it was like a pregnant woman saying she was having difficulty bending over, it almost didn’t need to be said.” Ellen Moroney was ushered into the world of brain cancer in a notably sudden […]
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month
A parent’s love for their child is an all-encompassing, powerful, and unbreakable bond. When a parent hears the heart-stopping words, “your child has cancer,” their world turns upside down. Sadly, cancer still steals the life of a child more often than you would expect. After accidents, it is the second leading cause of death in […]
What Is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?
Why should you care? Many hospitals try to create an environment they call “Family-Centered Care” which is more a derivative of Patient-Centered Medical Home, a concept first introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 1967. At that time, it was envisioned as a central source for all the medical information about a child. […]
Volunteer Highlight – Maureen Girouard
We have benefited from so many volunteers, it is hard to pick just one to highlight. Maureen Girouard came to Here to Serve in 2018 after spending her previous 14 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she was employed as a consummate fundraiser for the duration of its record-setting $1 Billion Living Proof Campaign. […]
Our Resource Database: A VITAL Service to Our Families!
Your help supports many facets of Here to Serve as an organization. Did you know that hospital social workers generally have no database of resources for families who are NOT on government assistance? Most social workers are focused on government programs and helping only those who qualify for them. They may provide a couple of […]