New Patient Bags are given at diagnosis: Included in each rolling travel bag ( that can be used for frequent hospital visits) is:
- Information about childhood cancer – books, journals, and a binder full of tips from 30 years of parents’ experience
- Toiletry items- shampoo, soap, lip balm, hand lotion, soft tissues, hand sanitizer, q-tips, etc.
- Essentials that have been requested over the years by parents/families/hospital staff – pill organizers, pill crushers, thermometers, wet wipes, pens, post-it notes, highlighters, etc.
- Etch-a-sketch, pillow pet, blanket, age-appropriate additional toys (camps and non-flu season).
- Amazon Fire Tablets
Snack Baskets, Food Cart, and Care Packages: We provide snacks at three different locations at the hospital (inpatient, outpatient, & our hospital office). Items include but are not limited to: baked chips (small bags), beef jerky sticks, trail mix, juice boxes, instant macaroni & cheese cups, organic fruit snacks, Kind bars, Starbucks glass coffees, squeezy apple sauce, goldfish crackers, Nature Valley protein bars, etc. Please email for a full list.
Staffed Office at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital: A place for families and children to find refuge and assistance – whether to stop in for emotional support, new patient bags with updated resources, an emergency overnight kit for unexpected hospital stays, resources in the community updates, childhood cancer updated information, or a toy or snack, we are available to support families during difficult days. Toy boxes and snack baskets are also stocked in the outpatient clinic for approximately 30-40 patients daily.
Toy “Poke” Box at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology outpatient and ACCOIN office: Stocked treasure box to bring a smile to children receiving a painful procedure or “poke”.
Christmas Adopt-A-Family: Community organizations, businesses, individuals, and ACCOIN make the holidays better for families who may be struggling with the holidays – whether because of finances or just being too completely overwhelmed to attend celebrations in light of their circumstances. If you are interested in sponsoring a family at the holidays, call 509-995-5431 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support Night virtually: Monthly and sometimes weekly support groups individualized for parents, teens, siblings, and patients.
Monthly Support Lunch: In partnership with local restaurants and ACCOIN funds, lunches are provided for families and staff alike. This much loved monthly event reduces stress and bonds families and solidifies the special place that caretakers have in the lives of critically ill children. If you have or know of a restaurant that would like to be involved call, 509-995-5431 or email email@example.com. (Pending at this time- we will have them as able.)
Special Family Events: Now moved to online events until it is safe for everyone. Events for the families to remember that they are still a family and even during stressful, financially strapped times, they can still laugh with others that uniquely understand what they are going through. Our two biggest family events are our Annual Summer Party/Membership Meeting and Christmas Party Reunion.
Informal Bereavement Support: Books, resource information, special gatherings to connect families, an annual retreat, and an annual candlelight vigil.
Family Camps – Our amazing Camp Director Marigold brings newly diagnosed families together as a family to get to know each other and veteran families to provide mutual support for the entire family. Click here for more information.
Online Support Groups: Parent/Caregiver Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 pm Email Denise Moss for dates/times
Teen/Young Adult Survivor Zoom Meetings: on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 4-5 pm. Games, prizes, and Peer Support. Email Denise Moss for Zoom Link.
Family Support: Valentines, Easter, and Halloween treat bags, a birthday club for patients and siblings (thank you McDonald’s for providing certificates)