The Children’s Inn at NIH is delighted to announce that the Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) has made two grants to support seriously ill children and their families who are residing at The Inn while they participate in clinical trials at the NIH. The partnership between The Inn and CCF has been in place since our very founding when CCF provided significant start-up funding to support The Inn’s initial construction in 1990. Since then CCF has provided over $1.8 million in critical support to many of our capital projects and programs.
This fall, the Children’s Cancer Foundation elected to support The Inn’s Education Program. Keeping up with schoolwork is a true challenge for children suffering from cancer or other life-threatening diseases. Repeated medical treatments result in frequent and extended school absences, significantly disrupting their education. CCF funding for the program will help ensure school-age residents at The Inn receive one-on-one tutoring and individualized assistance with their home school’s curriculum. Funding also supports drop-in and hands-on educational sessions and field trips. Because so many Inn residents travel to The Inn with family members, this program supports siblings too.
The Children’s Cancer Foundation will also fund The Inn’s Respite Weekend through its Shirley’s Kids Fund. This fund was created by CCF to honor its founder Shirley Howard and is designated to support meaningful programs for pediatric patients in active treatment. During Respite Weekend, Inn children and families enjoy a weekend “away” at a local hotel, and participate in a mix of fun and unique adventures. Last August Inn families spent a relaxing weekend at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center, visited the National Zoo, boarded a pirate ship, and dined out in style.
The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. is an independent nonprofit foundation not affiliated with any national charity. Since 1983 they have awarded grants of over $35.7 million to area hospitals and researchers to treat and cure childhood cancers.