- Published: 14 August 2013
Walking Miracles has teamed up with WV and Tri State Children’s Hospitals to help the families of children, young adults and childhood cancer survivors. Walking Miracles last year received a grant from the Chad Pennington Foundation to establish the "Country Roads" travel assistance program. The grant was $10,000 and we have built a program that helps assist the families of newly diagnosed children, young adults and childhood survivors in WV. We have connected with the the three children’s hospitals in WV: WVU Pediatrics, CAMC Women’s and Children’s and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, through the Hematology and Oncology departments and connected with the social workers or nurses in these departments to help us find the patients in need. The hospitals have patient packets they give to the new childhood cancer patient’s families and they sit down and go over the packet with them. In those packets are the following forms: an application form, a needs assessment form for the patients in to help assess other needs they feel might not get help for and a customer satisfaction survey. Each family will receive a one time $200 gift card for travel, lodging or food, whatever the family feels is the most important need until funds are no longer available or until we get more funding.
We have also contacted the following hospitals where we have identified WV patients going to receive treatment for cancer who also have our new patient packets so we can assist any WV childhood, young adult or childhood survivor and their families no matter where they go. Dance Blue Kentucky Children's, Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic, Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital Cincinnati, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital. Our funds go the families in the state of WV and donations or corporate sponsorships are welcome to keep this program going.
As a childhood cancer survivor and one who is aware barriers people face during treatment travel is number one. So lets all work together to make this a thriving program and help our kids and young adults and survivors get the services they need when they are diagnosed and through the continuum of care