The reason our care is so unique is that we provide each patient and family with a team of specialists who give unconditional support throughout their journey. This team becomes an extended family whose experience with children and healthcare and compassion for patients and families make a challenging time easier and healing possible. These are the people and programs at The Valerie Fund that surround the family with ongoing individualized care.
Teaching a child to cope with the stress of an illness is an essential part of the healing process. Our Child Life Specialists are trained to use child specific techniques to ensure the child understands the treatment.
A family experiences a host of emotional and financial stressors when they are faced with the shocking diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder. With expenses such as child care for healthy siblings, and reduced employment for the parent that stays with their sick child, they may have trouble paying their rent or mortgage or putting food on the table. This is where The Valerie Fund restores a certain measure of "quality of life" for our patients and families in the form of Emergency Funding.
Our financial counselors alleviate the stress related to paying for a child's care by managing the often confusing medical bills and insurance claims that pile up so that parents can focus on caring for their child.
Sometimes patients need more than traditional medicine to manage the side effects of a serious illness. The non-invasive therapies we use in our integrative medicine program bring much needed relief to even our smallest patients.
Our Palliative Care Program is designed to address and improve a child's overall quality of life through all stages of treatment. This highly personalized care incorporates all support services in an effort to relieve the child's symptoms so he or she can live life to the fullest.
The Valerie Fund is committed to treating the entire patient. So while doctors, such as oncologists and hematologists, work with patients to treat the disease medically, our social workers focus on the mental and social health of the patient and the entire family throughout the ordeal.
With more young people surviving childhood cancer, there is an increasing need to identify and support survivors as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. Our experts help navigate potential challenges as our patients move beyond treatment.
Patients cannot heal if they do not receive the proper regular treatment. When families do not have access to their own transportation to get their child to those critical appointments, we provide it for them.