Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer welcomed the incoming class of 2017 Ambassadors from Cook Children’s Medical Center, Medical City Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Medical Center. This year’s class of Ambassadors is comprised of children from each hospital.
Children’s Medical Center families live in Anna, Carrollton, Dallas, Duncanville, Ennis, Fort Worth, Frisco, Maybank, McKinney, Mesquite, Richardson, Tennessee, The Colony, and Tyler.
Cook Children’s Medical Center families live in Bridgeport, Brownwood, Burleson, Decatur, Euless, Fort Worth, Godley, Grand Prairie, Highland Village, Paradise, Saginaw, and Southlake.
Medical City Children’s Hospital families live in Dallas, Joesphine, Mabank, and Plano.
These children are currently undergoing cancer treatment and are the heroes behind the WOKC mission to work relentlessly for the day when all children are living cancer-free.
WOKC serves as a support group for the Ambassador Families and treats them to special events held in their honor throughout the year, giving the children a chance to just be kids and forget about cancer for a few hours each month. Annual events can include a Dallas Mavericks’ basketball game, Fish Camp, a Dallas Stars’ hockey game, a Texas Legends’ basketball game, a holiday party with presents for the entire family …. and more! These events also provide a support system for the entire family by connecting them with other families battling the disease. Over the years, WOKC has served over 300 families through the Ambassador Program. Some Ambassador Families say that the program not only saved their child, it saved their family. Visit the WOKC Flickr Ambassador Collection: WOKC Flickr Ambassador Photo Albums.
How Can You Help?One in every 285 American children will be diagnosed with a form of cancer this year, and 2,500 children will lose their battle with cancer. Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research on a national basis, and to supporting kids and families dealing with cancer. Please join WOKC in making a difference by donating your time, resources or money to make a difference in the life of a child.
Many of the Ambassador events are donated from sponsors that want to make a difference in the lives of these children. If you would like to sponsor an event or volunteer your time to help at an event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WOKC office at 214-987-4662.
Buddy Bags Ease the Transition From Home to Hospital
Each year over 500 families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. The diagnosis is usually accompanied by an immediate and unexpected admission to a pediatric hospital for treatment, leaving families unprepared and without the items needed for a lengthy hospital stay.
Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer started the Buddy Bag program as a way to reach out to these newly diagnosed families as they attempt to comprehend the cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
A WOKC Buddy Bag is given to each family admitted for cancer treatment at Children’s Health System Dallas/Legacy, Cook Children’s Medical Center Fort Worth, and Medical City Children’s. The Buddy Bags are designed to ease the transition from home to hospital for both the child and parents, and are filled with over 30 items including basic toiletries and comfort items. All items in the Buddy Bag are the result of a thoughtful collaboration by moms of kids with cancer, who know better than anyone which items, might be needed at that time of crisis.
These bags send a message to these families that there are people who care about them at a time when they need to know that the most.
How can you help?If you would like to help the WOKC Buddy Bag program, we’re always in need of specific items for the bags or funding to sponsor the Buddy Bag program. For more information call 214-987-4662 or email email@example.com.
Special thanks for Buddy Bag support goes to: