Two of the Washington-Metropolitan region’s largest hospital systems treating children with cancer and other blood borne illnesses received donations this week to help support families coping with day-to-day expenses typically not covered by insurance. Children’s National Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center received financial assistance in the amount of $5,000 each from area Lions clubs in Maryland and the District of Columbia (District 22-C of Lions Clubs International). The funds are earmarked to aid families receiving care with out-of-pocket transportation costs, meal vouchers, and child enrichment activities, including toys and comfort blankets.
“Parents with children diagnosed with cancer or other diseases such as sickle cell anemia should be solely focused on their child’s treatment and recovery,” said Ruth A. Moses, district governor of Lions District 22-C. “For over 100 years, Lions clubs worldwide have contributed to helping our communities deal with medical issues, such as blindness, diabetes and hearing impairment.”
The donation marks District 22-C’s first coordinated effort to tackle childhood cancers in the Washington-Metropolitan region. Beginning next month, area Lions clubs will begin exploring specific ways that they can further help children and their families in tackling cancer.
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” said Becky Halagarda, child life specialist, University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore). “When I initially started discussing this project with the Lions Clubs, I never could have imagined they would raise this much money to support our kids with cancer and blood disorders. The burden they will lift from caregivers by providing funds for transportation, parking and food will be well received and thoroughly appreciated. The joy they will be able to provide to children through toys and comfort items such as blankets will leave a big impact.”
In addition to each of the hospitals’ main campuses, other community-based medical facilities treating childhood cancers are located throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.
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About Lions Clubs International, District 22-C Clubs
- Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international non-political service organization established in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and now headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. As of January 2020, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members (including the youth wing Leo) in more than 200 countries around the world. Lions Clubs in District 22-C include the Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Saint Mary’s; and the District of Columbia.
About Children’s National Hospital:
- Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, 150 years stronger, it is among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals. It is ranked No.1 for newborn care for the fifth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2021, the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus opened, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children’s National has been designated three times in a row as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty care locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Virginia. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.
About University of Maryland Medical Center
Our team of Board-certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists provide comprehensive care for pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with blood disorders and cancer, from birth through age 21. We treat young patients with a wide range of conditions including leukemias, lymphomas, solid tumors, bone malignancies, and brain tumors as well blood disorders such as iron deficiency, sickle cell anemia, thalassemias, platelet disorders, white blood cell disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes and coagulopathies. The University of Maryland Medical Center’s Division of Hematology/Oncology is an active member of the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center, which is designated by the National Cancer Institute, and Children’s Oncology Group. Participation allows pediatric patients with cancer to receive access to state-of-the art clinical trials being conducted nationally. Our physicians work alongside nurse practitioners and chemotherapy-certified nursing staff as well as social workers and child life specialists aimed at preserving normalcy during treatment. Our clinical team is known for building strong and lasting relationships with patients and families.