"Children are our most valuable resource".
Due to the Covid-19 virus, Circle of Friends has been unable to accomplish some of our main projects. Camp Sanguinity and pre-school camp were cancelled in order to keep everyone safe. Our meetings have also been cancelled until hopefully September. That does not mean we have not been able to help the hospital by long distance.
This year's budget is supporting two new programs at the hospital, Carpe and the Cook Children's Library Program below.
We sent various types of individually wrapped snacks (i.e. fruit snacks, pretzels, peanut butter filled crackers, granola bars, trail mix, etc.) to the breakrooms of the H/O clinics, the COVID-19 areas, and the ER department. The staff loved all the goodies and really appreciated being remembered!
We also asked the H/O clinics what needs they had that we could fund. We have ordered a number of items:
Wireless Compact Photo Printer & Ink /Paper Sets
Polaroid Camera & Paper Pack
Melissa & Doug Doctor Activity Center
Child Size Hospital Bed/Stretcher
Various Xbox One games
Xbox One remote controllers
Xbox 360 remote controllers
A check for $15,000.00 was sent to the Cook’s Emergency Fund that will provide help to those admitted to the hospital that are in need.
Seventy five meals were delivered to the H/O Staff on May 14, 2020.
Circle will continue to help in any way that we can as long as this pandemic lasts.
Learn more about our current programs:
New! CARPE (Creative Artist in Residence Programme)
We will be funding the “Painting with a Passion” and the “Ukulele Workshop”. The painting program presents the patients with opportunities to use their imagination by offering a variety of different painting classes. The ukulele program allows participants to select a colored ukulele and use a variety of colored artistic materials to decorate and personalize their new instrument. Both of these are for both inpatients and outpatients. Also, both rely entirely on donations for funding. We are completely funding both these programs.
New! Cook Children's Library Program
We furnished sets of Dr. Suess books that were both handed out to patients and kept for the library’s use while celebrating Dr. Suess’s birthday in early March. Also, we will be funding the “Library Board Book for Early Child Literacy” program which will furnish board books to children 4 years and under that are in isolation, infusion, bone marrow and can not leave their rooms. The third part of this program is the “Halloween Celebration in the Atrium” where the library gives away activity books. We would fund these books, along with colored pencils, crayons and markers.
This is an H/O Cook Children's camp held each year for one week at Camp John Marc in Meridian, TX. One hundred twenty patients and their siblings, age 6-18, attend the week long camp. Twenty to thirty preschoolers, age 4 and 5, attend the one day camp that has been funded and staffed by Circle of Friends from 1983 to present day, the first one held at Camp Carter. All patients have been cleared by the hospital to attend camp.
Pre-schoolers arrive by bus at 10 AM and leave camp at 3 PM. Events include crafts and outside games, lunch, fishing, swimming, nature, and music. Each camper is assigned a Circle of Friends (COF) Volunteer that will help them go through each activity. Scrapbooks are made for each camper along with a video of their day at camp.
2020 Camp Sanguinity was cancelled due to COVID-19 and we hope to continue this program in 2021!
Celebrate Life was a celebration held in the spring for cancer and hematology patients that have been off treatment for at least a year. COF supported this program from 2004 - 2017. The family event was held on the hospital grounds and provided an opportunity for a pain free re-connection with the doctors, nurses, and other families that have gone through treatment at the same time. This event was cancelled by the hospital due to lack of space on the hospital grounds.
Christmas Family Fund
This project was started in 2007 to help families at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. Due to the financial strain on these families, they are not able to provide Christmas for their children. These families are identified by the hospital. A wish list and a needs list for each child is provided by a parent. Clothing sizes are included in this list. We provide 5 gifts for each patient and each sibling - usually 3 needs and 2 wishes. We purchase the gifts, wrap the presents, and deliver them to the Child Life Specialists at the hospital. Families are then notified to pick up the gift bags at the hospital.
Emergency Assistance Fund
A fund assisting with needs of patients and their families such as travel expenses to and from the hospital for treatment, assisting with unpaid bills, or if necessary to ease the burden of funeral expenses.
In observance of various holidays, favors, and treats are given to patients in Ft. Worth and Grapevine H/O Clinics.
Young Adult Camp
A camp in Minnesota for 18 to 25 yr. old cancer patients for which gift cards provided for meals while traveling during airport layovers.
A yearly family gathering to remember children who have been lost to cancer.