When a child is diagnosed with cancer, all focus immediately goes toward his/her treatment and care. Families —and parents in particular— put their lives on hold in order to manage the changes and challenges in that child’s life. It’s often hard to imagine how a family endures during one of the most difficult experiences they
Through my involvement with Hope & Heroes, I know the programs and services Hope & Heroes provides directly impact the children and families in treatment at Columbia.
Today is National Cancer Survivors Day® — a worldwide celebration for those who have survived cancer and is a source of inspiration and support for people all over the world. It’s also an opportunity to show the faces and share the stories of survivors, letting everyone know that life after cancer can be productive, worthwhile and
Our latest blog features more creativity from our talented teen patients. In reading Destiny’s piece, one that thing struck me was the importance of community. A community of people that care for you like family, friends or classmates. A community of people that support you so that you’ll “never be alone.” At Hope & Heroes, we’ve invested in
In our January’s blog post, we mentioned a publication called Wavelength. Developed by teens and for teens, Wavelength is the brainchild of New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and its’ Poet-in-Residence, Thomas Dooley. The first issue of the magazine was released in the fall of 2016. Teens in treatment shared their powerful and heartfelt experiences through art, poetry and creative writing. Many of
Today is National Children’s Craft Day. Celebrated in connection with National Craft Month, this day raises awareness about the infinite, imaginative possibilities of arts & crafts. We think today is the perfect opportunity to show off some creative art from our patients as we highlight the great work of the Alfano Family Arts in Medicine Studio here at Columbia.
Happy 2017! It’s a new year and with it comes new resolutions. For many, resolutions are a way to develop new habits, improve their lives or to achieve long-standing goals. For some, resolutions are all about reaffirming their commitment to a belief or an ideal. At Hope & Heroes, we fall into the latter category
As we come to the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to share with you a message from Alison Meletta Kucich. Ali, a writer, is the mom of three wonderful boys including Xander, who is a pediatric cancer survivor. The Kucich family is a part of the Hope & Heroes community, and we are
At Hope & Heroes, we are surrounded by doctors who love what they do, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy- their days are long and the work is never over. However, they know that what they do changes the lives of the patients and families they treat. We want to share with you a
Three years ago, Dr. Monica Bhatia came to our office and told us she had a family in the clinic that had starting fundraising for Sickle Cell Disease, but needed a charity partner to help, and would we like to meet them. The answer- of course! Little did we know that meeting Jayden Salomon and his family