Summer should be about fun and having a good time for kids. They get a break from their routine and schoolwork and can finally relax - enjoy being a kid! However, for those kids battling sickle cell disease, summer brings with it certain risks. We want to share some tips on how to maximize your child's summer enjoyment without risking their health, a possible pain episode, or injury.
The staff of The Valerie Fund help raise the money that support the seven Children's Centers in hospitals across New Jersey, New York City, and metro Philadelphia. Our staff is responsible for working with donors and partners at all levels to fund the services of The Valerie Fund. Get better acquainted with some of the people you may already know and meet some of the new faces behind The Valerie Fund.
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Many people do not realize that ringing the bell after a child's final treatment for cancer is often not the end of the story. Almost two out of three children experience some sort of long-term effect from cancer but these battles are not often publicized. June 6th is a day to counter that as we join our community in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day.
The Valerie Fund Children's Centers are home to many healthcare heroes who support our kids during some of the most difficult times of their lives. These caregivers are experts in a variety of practices. We will be showcasing each service provided in our Children's Centers and hearing from the healthcare providers in their own words what they do for our kids and families. In this installment, we are going to learn about our Palliative Care & Integrative Medicine specialists.
Those who have made Valerie Fund Children and their families a priority in their giving know how important it is to provide support and care to our kids. We'd like to introduce you to two longstanding champions of children battling cancer and blood disorders: Sharon & Josh Weintraub.
One of the worst things a parent can hear is that their child is being diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is a lifelong genetic disorder and puts a person's health and life at serious risk. There has been little progress in terms of treatment or a cure aside from pain management until just recently. There may now be hope for a cure to sickle cell disease and it is at the forefront of modern healthcare technology.
The Valerie Fund Children's Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center is getting a brand new face to support our patients. We'd like to introduce you to the new Child Life Specialist, Casey Gilman.
Hope is one of the greatest allies supporting quality of life. Hope can be a major tool of empowerment and an element for sustaining life and the will to live. We hope for better times. We hope for remission. April is the National Month of Hope and we're going to take a look at what that means for children battling cancer and blood disorders as well as what role it can play in all of our lives.
Did you know that April is National Internship Awareness Month? Internships are a great way for the workforce of tomorrow to get hands-on experience and learn while doing. The Valerie Fund is proud to partner with local schools like Montclair State University and we're excited to introduce you to our current intern, Matt!
The Valerie Fund Children's Centers are home to many healthcare heroes who support our kids during some of the most difficult times of their lives. These caregivers are experts in a variety of practices. We will be showcasing each service provided in our Children's Centers and hearing from the healthcare providers in their own words what they do for our kids and families. In this installment, we are going to learn about the Educational Liaisons.