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History
The Children's Cancer Fund (CCF) was founded in January 1993 by a small group of doctors, nurses and parents. The fund's primary goal is to establish and foster research in childhood cancer as well as enrich the quality of life for children with cancer by improving clinical and support services. CCF is based at New York Medical College/Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. In this our 20th year we are excited by developments in our funded research programs. Patient support services remain a significant focus of the organization and provide much needed support for our families.

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The CCF Committee
The CCF Committee is comprised of many parents of children with cancer, their friends, physicians, nurses, and others in the healthcare community. The committee is dedicated to raising money to conduct research in childhood cancers and providing patient services for children and their families.

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Advanced Technologies
To cure all children with cancer, we need to understand why some malignancies do not respond to chemotherapy as well as others and how to overcome drug resistance shown by cancer cells. We need to develop sensitive methods to detect early signs of relapse. In addition, design more effective treatment for some cancers as well as certain types of infections that can cause serious illnesses in children receiving chemotherapy. These goals can be achieved only through scientific research. Although under the auspices of New York Medical College, the Children's Cancer Research Laboratory receives its budget solely through the Children's Cancer Fund and is dependent on the contributions it receives.

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Accomplishments
Our accomplishments include the opening of the Children's Cancer Treatment Center (Infusion Center) associated with the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. The center provides children with a cheerful, friendly and non-threatening place every day while they are undergoing chemotherapy. The children are treated on an outpatient basis so they can return to their familiar environment at home.

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Support
Our support continues with a host of new patient services. Due to the generosity of our supporters, CCF has been able to maintain two social workers to assist patients and their families as they deal with the devastation of diagnosis and the ongoing struggle of treatment.

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Social Workers
The Children's Cancer Fund Committee and our medical treatment staff have long recognized that the needs of patients and families go far beyond medical treatment. A diagnosis of cancer brings an abrupt change in the quality of life for a child and their family. Good comprehensive care also includes addressing the psycho-social needs of these families with both practical and compassionate support. Our patients come from varying cultural backgrounds and lifestyles and look to us for strategies that will enable them to deal with the impact of a cancer diagnosis on their lives.

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