The Nick Wilson Charitable Group
A dear friend, Jill Metz, began this wonderful non-profit organization in memory of her 3 year old son, Nick Wilson. Each year in late summer, they hold a golf tournament as their main fundraising event. Their mission is to help families and their children on the Bone Marrow Unit at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, OR. They gladly accept donations year round. This is an extremely worthwhile cause. Last year they raised $40,000, all of which went directly to the families. This year their goal is to reach $50,000.
Candlelighters’ mission is to be established as a leader in providing support, education, advocacy and hope to all children and their families impacted by childhood cancer in Oregon and SW Washington. They are a network of caring people who have shared and continue to share a common experience of childhood cancer. www.4kidswithcancer.org
For a Candlelighters chapter near you, go to www.candlelighters.org
Ped-Onc Resource Center
“Resources and information for parents of children with cancer . . . by parents of children with cancer.” This site offers comprehensive resources for parents from emotional support and financial aid to online cancer resources and travel planning.
CancerCare for Kids
Helping the Sibling of the Child with Cancer www.cancercare.org/pdf/fact_sheets/fs_siblings.pdf
Research Project Funding
Consano is a crowd-funding platform that enables anyone to donate directly to a specific medical research project that matters to them. Their mission is to advance medical progress by empowering individuals to donate to specific medical research projects. Find a project that means something to you, make a donation and receive on-going updates from the researcher. It's that simple.
Bereavement & Coping
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share experiences. On a personal note, The Dougy Center was so incredibly helpful to us as a family as we grieved the loss of Max. I have been a volunteer there for 5 years supporting other bereaved parents and it is one of the most healing and fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I am eternally grateful for The Dougy Center. If you know of any child, teen or young adult that has experienced the loss of a sibling, parent or grandparent, this is a wonderful resource for dealing with grief in a safe and supportive environment.
The COPE Foundation
COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 2000, COPE has connected individuals who have experienced similar losses by providing ongoing emotional, therapeutic and spiritual programs. These include monthly parent and sibling bereavement support group meetings, weekly art and movement therapy workshops, and a variety of special programs for our members mourning a child's passing, as well as the community.