Sponsors needed for the 5th Annual 'Clips for Cancer' event to help local children with cancer

By: Golisano Children's Hospital
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Aug. 4, 2022 - PRLog -- Sponsors are needed for the 5th Annual Clips for Cancer, a month-long event in September that raises money to ensure that programs and services are available for local children diagnosed with cancer at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Clips for Cancer aims to raise $500,000 to benefit Barbara's Friends – Golisano Children's Hospital's cancer fund. Barbara's Friends has a 27-year history of helping kids with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, ensuring that no child is denied treatment due to an inability to pay. Every donation to Barbara's Friends supports lifesaving services, programs and equipment for the young patients at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Funds raised through Clips for Cancer help children like Libbi. Libbi was diagnosed in 2020 at only 20 months old with a Wilm's tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Only 500 Wilm's tumors are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. After treatment, the tumor returned in April 2021, and Libbi received inpatient chemotherapy. In April 2022, Libbi "rang the bell" at Golisano Children's Hospital, signifying that she is cancer free.

"In our situation with a kid with cancer, the last thing we had to worry about was resources and the level of care that she was going to receive," said Chris LeDuff, Libbi's father.

Funds raised through Clips for Cancer are important because:
  • More than 50 children were diagnosed with cancer in Southwest Florida in the last year.
  • More than half of Golisano Children's Hospital's patients are underinsured, on Medicaid or have no insurance – yet no child is denied treatment.
  • The children's hospital is one of only nine centers in Florida to offer complete pediatric cancer care.
  • As a member of the Children's Oncology Group, Golisano Children's Hospital brings world-class cancer care close to home, offering the same treatments as other centers of excellence.
  • The survival rate for pediatric cancer at the children's hospital is 84% – higher than the national average.
  • Golisano Children's Hospital has more than 90 children in current treatment with close to 300 children receiving continued and follow-up care.

Clips for Cancer sponsorship opportunities include: $50,000 Go for Gold sponsor, $25,000 Best Friend sponsor, $10,000 Champion sponsor and $5,000 Anniversary sponsor. Sponsorship packages can include mention/logos on news releases, e-blasts, website, Facebook Live shaving events and event posters, VIP celebration invitations, tours of Golisano Children's Hospital and the Barbara's Friends oncology/hematology unit and other benefits.

For information on becoming a sponsor, supporting Clips for Cancer or volunteering to participate, visit BarbarasFriends.org/ClipsForCancer or email Amy.Frith@LeeHealth.org.

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