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15 CMN Hospitals Receive Aflac Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Child Life & Pediatric Cancer Grant

The Aflac Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. (ACCF) is proud to once again recognize the amazing work child life programs are doing at children’s hospitals through their Child Life Grant program. This year, Aflac awarded sixteen child life programs with a $2,500 2021 Child Life & Pediatric Cancer Grant for their work in helping reduce stress and anxiety for pediatric patients with cancer and other illnesses as well as their siblings. Fifteen of this year’s 16 recipients are part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals family. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

  • UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – Dream Big Studios (DBS): Interactive closed- circuit patient programming
  • CHOC Children’s, Orange, CA – End-Of-Life Care
  • Prisma Health Children’s Hospital Midlands, Columbia, SC – Camp New Horizons
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL – All Kids Canines facility dog program
  • Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI – New patient sibling bags / Family Events
  • Children’s of Mississippi Jackson MS, – Kids & Art: Healing Pediatric Cancer through the Arts
  • Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer, Brewer ME – Beads of Courage
  • OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR – Story Beads/Love You Loops programs
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital, El Paso, TX – Facility Dog program
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston,MA – Brady Buggy Wagons
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, TN – Off Therapy Parties Celebration Fund
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA -XIBS Program (Xtremely Important Brothers and Sisters)
  •   Niswonger Children’s Hospital / Ballad Health, Johnson City, TN – Camp Never Quit for patients and siblings
  •   Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha,NE – Hair Cuts for Kids program
  •   University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH- Kluber’s Korners – Activities for patients and siblings

This $40,000 awarded by the ACCF brings its gifts to child life programs across the country to $85,000 since the grants were established in 2019. Focus of the funding is to support existing and new programs designed to address psychosocial needs of children with cancer, other pediatric patients and their siblings through education, preparation and play.