Cure Childhood Cancer

Caring for the Caregiver

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Ghandi

Caring for the Caregiver is aimed at supporting and recognizing the tireless work of the healthcare professionals who provide exceptional care to the children and families affected by childhood cancer. CURE addresses this need by:

Support:

  • CURE provides meals at the hospital to healthcare professionals. These meals may be offered during periods of significant loss and are referred to as Good Grief Lunches. An AFLAC chaplain leads this remembrance lunch for hospital caregivers to take part in as a way to debrief, reflect, and remember.
  • Celebration Lunches are hosted to provide the staff the opportunity to remember the difference they make in the lives of each and every patient  they touch.
  • When it is brought to the attention of the CURE staff that frontline hospital staff are experiencing caregiver fatigue CURE offers small gestures as “pick-me-ups” to let the healthcare team members know they are being thought ofduring their stressful time.

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Recognition:

  • CURE celebrates nurses, social workers, child life specialists and other healthcare professionals during their nationally recognized week as identified by their credentialing organization.

If you have ideas for honoring caregivers, or for additional information, please contact Rhetta Ascari at Rhetta@curechildhoodcancer.org

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