For the first time ever, the Dell Children’s Medical Center will hold a fundraiser for its Blood and Cancer Center, and the reason is not what you want to hear.
Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15, and unfortunately, every year about 1,200 Texas children hear this diagnosis.
In the last 12 years, the number of children diagnosed with cancer has almost doubled, and because of the booming population growth in Central Texas, the Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC) has seen an increase in the demand for pediatric cancer and blood disorders services.
In fact, the CBCC opens its doors to more than 100 new cancer patients a year and an additional 300 children with a variety of blood disorders. This means that in a single year, the CDCC sees nearly 14,000 inpatient/outpatient hematology and oncology visits, says Medical Center President, Dr. Mark Shen.
The causes of pediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and though new medical discoveries are resulting in new treatments, this heartbreaking disease continues to scar families and communities in ways that may never fully heal. The opening of the CBCC in 1988 provided access to cancer and blood disorder services to families right here in Central Texas, close to their homes and support systems.
In an effort to raise critical funds to support the growth of the center serving children across 46 counties in Central Texas, Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Dell Children’s Foundation have announced the Give Hope 2015 benefit concert, the first fundraising event for CBCC.
“At the CBCC, we believe that providing emotional support for a sick child is as essential as providing relief of physical symptoms,” says CBCC program manager, Lori Boucher. “Proceeds from Give Hope will help expand and sustain important CBCC psychosocial programs that provide care for the mind, body and spirit.”
Patients will benefit from teen support, art therapy and school resiliency services, all to help ease the stress that children and their families face during difficult diagnoses and treatment.
“Our ultimate goal is to support patients so they can maintain good health and lead happy, fulfilling lives after the cancer experience,” says Boucher.
Give Hope 2015 will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, with entertainment by local group The Mrs. and Grammy® Award-winning country sensation The Band Perry. CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase tickets.