Cure Childhood Cancer

Critical Needs Care

Our Critical Needs Care Program tends to the most critical and urgent needs of childhood cancer patients and their families, offering help in the most meaningful ways possible. For more information on any of the following components of our Critical Needs Care Program, please contact Lisa Branch at

Open Arms Meals

Our Thursday evening Open Arms Dinners have been a staple at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at both the Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses for decades. Dedicated Open Arms volunteers bring a sense of home each week to the patients and their families when they serve meals in the Family Rooms on the inpatient cancer units. Our generous food donors and dedicated volunteers are an integral part of this program.

As an extension of our Thursday night dinners, Open Arm Lunches are served to the patients and their families on the second and third Tuesday of each month in the inpatient units of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at both Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses. These lunches are donated by generous companies, organizations and other CURE supporters who desire to meaningfully help our patients and their families.


The needs of our families led us to expand our Open Arms outreach by adding Brown Bag Lunches to our program.  On the first and fourth Tuesday of each month, CURE staff and volunteers will deliver CURE lunch bags to the inpatient units at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at both Scottish Rite and Egleston campuses. These lunch bags are given to the parents of children with cancer who are staying in the unit. The purpose of the program is to help defray the overwhelming costs to families who face lengthy hospital stays with their children.

Family Emergency Fund

In order to ease some of the financial burdens caused by the costs of ongoing treatment, CURE provides emergency financial assistance to families of children with cancer. Families seeking financial assistance should contact their social worker about eligibility and availability of funds.

Partners in Caring Program

CURE recognizes the hardships that often result from having a child with cancer, and because of this CURE is proud to offer patient families psychosocial programs that address these unique needs.

  • Counseling – A total of six counseling sessions per family will be provided by licensed professionals through The Summit Counseling Center. These sessions are offered at a discounted rate for CURE patient families
  • Workshops – Workshops ranging in topics from parenting through illness to marriage enrichment will be offered on a quarterly basis, free of charge to CURE patient families.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs please contact Karen McCarthy at

Bereavement Care

When a family loses a child to cancer, we hope the family will look to CURE for essential bereavement support. Through our Annual Weekend of Hope and Healing families not only have an opportunity to share the weekend with other parents who understand, but also give the families resources and tools to help them move forward in their grief.

Through CURE’s Counseling Program we offer individualized counseling sessions at a low cost for bereaved families as well as group workshops that address the needs and concerns of families who have lost a child.

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    Register now for the 21st Annual Lauren’s Run on Sunday, April 26th at 8:00 am at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA. All Lauren’s Run registrants are invited to attend the CURE Annual Picnic immediately following the race. This is the perfect family day, filled with fun, games, prizes and a delicious lunch. Register now.

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