Here at CHEO a world-class team of professionals is making the health and well-being of this community their first priority every day. CHEO has the brightest researchers creating better outcomes for patients, doctors working diligently to choose the best individual treatment plan for their patients, and nurses working to find the easiest way to administer medications and deliver treatment. It’s your support that makes all of this, and so much more, possible. At the CHEO Foundation our promise is to ensure your funds are hard at work helping all of CHEO’s healthcare providers do their best. Please read on to learn how your CN Cycle for CHEO donation is helping the oncology patients of today and tomorrow.
Here are some examples of how your funds are having an impact:
Back-up Chemotherapy Station
The oncology department is in need of a second chemotherapy hood. This will provide back-up for chemotherapy preparation in the event of a malfunction as well as support chemotherapy preparation for Phase 1 Study drugs.
Play equipment for patients who are isolated with restricted visitors
Oncology patients often require long admissions, sometimes in isolation rooms to reduce the risk of infection to themselves and others. This means that they cannot leave their room and visitors are limited. These patients cannot access the toys, games and activities available in the playroom which is the space intended to provide play and distraction for these children. Thanks to generous donations TVs, X Boxs and a PlayStation have been purchased for patients in isolation.
Sound Ear II Noise
The activity level in the Medical Day Unit is often high, which leads to a noisy environment. A Sound Ear II Noise Sign has been installed to visually alert staff when the noise level becomes too high. Staff can then focus on decreasing the noise level and ultimately improving the patient and family experience.
Child Life Programs
Child life programs at CHEO help patients and families adjust to, and better understand, their health care experience. Child Life Specialists prepare and support children and youth during medical tests and procedures through play, teaching, and coping skills development. This year support for CHEO’s child life programs will be increased in order to provide access to more families.
Support for families in need
The CHEO Foundation provides assistance for families when they need it most. With your financial support funding is delivered through CHEO’s social work team who connect with families to understand and address their needs. There are many expenses that come from having a child with cancer especially for those who live outside of Ottawa and those who must travel to Montreal or Toronto for treatments not available at CHEO such as bone marrow transplants. Thanks to you we are able to assist these families with the cost of travel, accommodation, food and other needs. The CHEO Foundation also supports the purchase and rental of medical equipment and supplies that are not covered by provincial health or insurance plans. With your help, we make life a little easier.
Funding oncology research
The CHEO Foundation has committed to support oncology research in the amount of $1.3 million in the coming year. Research at CHEO involves a multidisciplinary team working together to set clinical trials into motion. In pediatric oncology, researchers employ evidence-based medicine. Everything they do is based on previous clinical trials. Working as one team researchers build on every discovery and advancement, big or small. Learning more about patients who unfortunately do not respond well to treatments is extremely important in designing new and more effective interventions and therapies. Investing in research is critical as the progress in treatment of some cancers so clearly illustrates. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer and children afflicted with ALL in the 1950’s were faced with a grim prognosis. Thanks to investments and advancements in research, children with ALL today have a cure rate of over 90 percent. Though there is still much work to be done, this progress provides hope and optimism for researchers at CHEO working toward discoveries for all different types of cancers. Your support enables them to carry on this vital work.