GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting ground-breaking research. Dr. James Fahner and Dr. Jessica Foley joined eightWest to talk about the role Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is playing this month in raising awareness and the impact they are making on the lives of kids and their families affected by these diseases.
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has decorated their trees in the circle drive outside of the Hospital with yellow lights and yellow ribbons. The staff has also been busy crafting some yellow ribbons to pass out to patients, families and staff. At the end of August, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital was honored to receive a $75,000 grant for children’s cancer research from Hyundai’s 15-year Hope on Wheels program supporting pediatric cancer programs. Such a generous grant will make huge impact on research and cures for cancer.
How can you or your child help support another child with cancer?
Visit your friend
Maintain frequent visit and play dates
Stay in touch
Sending cards, making visits and calling on the phone
Learn the basics
Learning the basics about cancer will help you and your child understand what their friend is going through
Offer to help
Offer to bring home assignments from school or make a plan to hang out or do homework together.
Raise awareness and donate
In your community, schools and gather others to help spread the word and donate to help fund research
James Fahner, MD
35 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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