Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation
Each year the Foundation provides gifts to thousands of children across the country through its Bear-Able Gift Program. The Bear-Able Gift Program is the largest supplier of gifts to children affected by cancer in North America. Gifts such as toys, board games, crayons, markers, coloring books, puzzles and video games are delivered to hospitals around the United States. The families of children diagnosed with cancer often deal with financial hardship in addition to medical concerns. Because of this, the Foundation’s Helping Hands Fund offers emergency payments directly to landlords and utility companies. When needed, this option provides the children with a more stable home environment to aid in their recovery process.
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation aims to improve the lives of children and families affected by cancer while also minimizing the devastation caused by the disease. It is a winner of the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence for six consecutive years. The award is given to charities that are able to confirm and demonstrate that they have met the highest standards of public accountability and cost effectiveness. The organization works to complete its mission by upholding eight principles or “Core Values,” these include:
- Accountability: Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation believes in honoring commitments and accepting the responsibility behind its promises.
- Balance: This involves living by the same standards that the organization teaches in cancer prevention and recovery.
- Collaboration: The Foundation works to maintain a healthy team effort from its own departments to interactions with members of other nations.
- Growth: By adapting and developing as an organization, the team maintains the tools to effectively teach and assist those who need it.
- Integrity: Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation gains its reputation by communicating clearly and honestly while earning trust.
- Passion: The organization believes in putting full effort into its mission to provide hope for children diagnosed with cancer.
- Respect: This involves listening, taking notice and welcoming all types of people and opinions.
- Stewardship: Members strive to work as though they have been bestowed with the unique responsibility of serving children.
Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is just one component of the affiliated charities of Cancer Recovery Foundation International. The group was started in 1984 after its founder, Greg Anderson, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Given only 30 days to live, he refused to accept the prognosis and went on a quest to find others who survived after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He eventually conducted over 16,000 interviews with cancer survivors and used the information gathered from them to form the methods behind Cancer Recovery Foundation International’s cancer recovery movement. The Foundation focuses on improving the social, emotional and mental health of patients and their families through integrated cancer care. It operates in several countries across the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. Cancer Recovery Foundation International aims to help all people prevent cancer and survive it once diagnosed. Through its effort the Foundation has received the “5-Star Best in America Award.”