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: email@example.com
Parent or Guardian Support Groups:
Daytime caregivers group:
Meets the 2nd of every month from 12:30-1:30 pm
Here is the link you will need to join in:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87065072346 (The link is the same for every meeting!)
We will get to know each other, listen without judgment, support each other as only caretakers of kids
with cancer can. Feel free to join and just listen if you like.
Evening caregivers group:
This group has occasional speakers & meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 7-8 pm.
If you have a topic you’d like us to focus on/get speakers for, please let us know. Here’s the link:
Bereaved Parents Support Group:
Meets the 3 rd Wednesday of every month from 2-3 pm. We have occasional speakers. Please let us know
if you have a topic you’d like us to discuss/get a speaker for.
Here’s the link:
Teen (13 +) Support Group:
Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:00-5:00 pm.
Here’s the link:
We will get to know each other, play games, win prizes, and laugh a lot!! If you have a topic you’d like us
to discuss/get a speaker for, please let us know.
Sibling Support Group:
For all siblings of kids with cancer ages 8-12 (for now) Meets the second Tuesday from 4-5 pm.
Here’s the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81948525552
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.