News Release

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or George.Stinnett@chkd.org

CHKD Receives American Cancer Society Grant

$6,484 to Support Education for Teenage Cancer Survivors

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ childhood cancer program recently received a targeted community investment grant from the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer society to support an educational program for teenage cancer survivors.

The $6,484 grant will be used to support an 8-week program entitled “My Health; My Choice,” which was developed by CHKD staff for childhood cancer survivors between 15 and 21 years old. It will focus on the long-term cancer issues facing these teens and young adults, including tobacco control and nutrition, and will provide them with a better understanding of overall lifestyle choices that improve their quality of life after cancer and help them stay healthy and active.

“The reality for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors is that, due to their treatment, which often includes intensive chemotherapy and radiation, they are at a greater risk than their peers for secondary cancers and other health concerns,” said CHKD childhood cancer social worker Karen McKinley. “Additional support is needed to help them lead a healthy lifestyle that meets their unique needs after treatment.”

CHKD will offer two group programs between October and March, each accommodating 8-12 survivors. Each of the 8 weekly sessions will last between 1 ½-2 hours and will be held in the evenings, with dinner included. The program will be free.

The ACS targeted community investment grant program financially supports state, regional and local projects consistent with the Society’s fight against cancer.

“The targeted community investment grants financially support local projects consistent with the Society’s priorities for health disparities in individual communities,” said Patricia P. Hoge, R.N., Ph.D, chief mission officer for the American Cancer Society. “Local organizations know the situations in their communities and often recognize the best way to address the issue, and the Society is here to help complement that work.”

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

CHKD follows about 500 childhood cancer patients, ranging in age from 0 to the mid-20s. On the average, more than 70 new cases are diagnosed locally each year. Children with cancer and their families have special needs that can best be met by children's cancer centers like the one at CHKD. Treatment of childhood cancer in specialized centers takes advantage of a team of specialists who know the differences between adult and childhood cancers, as well as the unique needs of children with cancers. This team usually includes pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses and nurse practitioners. The treatment of childhood cancer also involves many professionals other than nurses and doctors. CHKD has specially trained psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and educators who can support and educate the entire family.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,100 inpatient admissions and 200,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.