Cancer Families United wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.
WHO WE ARE
We are the support system that kids and families need to face a pediatric cancer diagnosis. Since our founding in 2012, we have been determined to make an impact by empowering each child with the confidence and encouragement needed to get through treatment. The core of our efforts is to bring joy and hope to each child and provide a place where they feel supported. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
WHAT WE DO
Provide essential support and services to families of Southwest Michigan affected by childhood cancer. We ensure no family fights alone by providing services that bring families together; and raise awareness for the cause by advocating for increased pediatric cancer research funding and improved cure rates.
When a family is thrust into a cancer diagnosis support is crucial to endure the shock and life changing experiences. CFU provides support in ways that lets families know they are not alone and help is available whenever they need it. Having an organization dedicated to childhood cancer allows patients, caregivers and families a place for shared experiences and community
at time when they can feel
isolated and alone.
ADVOCACY & AWARENESS
Keeping the public aware of childhood cancer statistics, funding, and available clinical trials is a critical component of the CFU mission. Meeting with legislators at the state and federal level, as well as participating in advocacy campaigns in Washington D. C., offers hope for better outcomes to patients and their families
WHY WE ARE NEEDED
PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES
Cancer Families United is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do is aimed at providing meaningful support to alleviate some of the stress and burden cancer families endure. We work closely with clinic staff to ensure patient needs are met and families have access to all services.
Families need to know they are not alone when their child is diagnosed with cancer. The first introduction to the organization, the care bag offers items of comfort, care, nourishment and empowerment. In the bag families will find supplies that parents need to manage doctor visits, snacks for long stays in the clinic and gift cards to offset financial burdens of treatment; making the Family Care Bag an essential item of support!
CFU created Warrior Wishes specifically for patients who have relapsed their cancer diagnosis to provide them a special wish or experience. These are custom ideas such as a birthday party, special trip to a local establishment or an item that will help them endure another treatment, like new iPad or camera. Helping children who are facing relapsed cancer is a unique opportunity that CFU is honored to provide. Sometimes, these are the last experiences the child
lives to see.
Cancer treatment is a lonely and isolating experience. CFU provides family events at no cost to any patient or their family being treated at Bronson Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic. These private events provide an environment for families to meet one another who share a common life experience and offer a safe space to feel comfortable stepping out of the hospital environment.
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"There are so many things we could say about Cancer Families United in how they not only reach out to newly diagnosed families but those that have been down the road before. When our 12 yr old daughter, Caitlyn, was going through treatment for relapsed high risk leukemia she posted on her Instagram that she wanted donuts, not just any donuts but Gull Meadow Farm donuts. Mary Kay, one of the founding persons, saw her post and made that happen. Then again as we were concentrating on what were Caitlyn’s last days CFU members made sure our family was taken care of by providing things we had not thought of or even realized we needed.
We are forever grateful for CFU for all they have done and continue to do."
Caitlyn’s Mom and Dad,
Jeff and Melinda Jackson