WOKC's mission in action!
Giving hope to our Warrior families.
WOKC realizes cancer affects the entire family. Our unique WOKC program provides fun and free events throughout the year giving hope and support to our mighty Warriors and their families. All family members enjoy amusement venues, sporting events, holiday parties, and other social engagement activities…"medicine for the soul" as parents describe. The Warrior program also offers many opportunities for families to spend time with other families facing similar challenges.
A new addition to our Warrior Program is the Golden Ticket Program. WOKC has a “Celebration Closet” in our office, and thanks to generous corporate and individual donors, that space is filled with a department store-like display of gift items for ages 3-18. Child Life specialists at pediatric cancer hospitals are provided with WOKC Golden Tickets and their instructions are to give them to any pediatric cancer patient who reaches a milestone in their recovery, reaches cancer free status, or simply needs a ”pick me up” moment.
Buddy Bag Program
Equipping families with the necessities.
Each year thousands of families receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. A Buddy Bag is a sturdy rolling suitcase given to pediatric cancer patients admitted for an overnight stay in a WOKC partnering hospital. Filled with carefully selected toiletries, electronics, comfort items, and entertainment activities, they are designed to ease the transition from home or pediatrician's office to the hospital. As part of WOKC's strategic plan, the Buddy Bag program has launched in other Texas cities and in the U.S.
Funding novel research over four decades.
WOKC funds novel pediatric cancer research projects nationwide. WOKC's Scientific Medical Research Committee carefully analyzes and selects innovative research studies that might not receive traditional funding but will advance treatments with fewer side effects and will help increase survival rates. To date, WOKC has funded over $7 million in promising novel research that has yielded over $22 million in additional grant money from the National Cancer Institute and other significant cancer-funding organizations. Since our humble beginnings, WOKC has funded a wide range of national cancer research projects in almost every pediatric cancer category as well as critical programs in support of cancer care for children.
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We're facing cancer facts relentlessly.
Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children.
45 children are diagnosed each day with cancer. That’s 1 child every 30 minutes.
1 out of 8 children will not survive. That’s approximately 1,700 children each year.
66% of those who survive will have long-term effects and chronic health conditions as adults