Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center
In 2011, Kids Beating Cancer established the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at the Walt Disney Pavilion Florida Hospital for Children with a pledge of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). Through Kids Beating Cancer’s advocacy and support, today’s children as well as future generations diagnosed with leukemia, cancer and 80 other malignant and non-malignant life threatening diseases have a place dedicated to curing their disease. Any child anywhere can come to the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center regardless of insurance coverage or the family’s financial means.
The pledged funds are restricted to:
- Hospital expenses not covered by insurance or any other means for the families through Kids Beating Cancer’s “Fund the Match” program
- Medical expenses related to getting the child to transplant
- Medical expenses during the transplant hospitalization that are necessary to help eliminate any delays in receiving the medical care needed to ensure the best possible outcome
FUND THE MATCH – removes the financial barriers to care by funding the patient pre-workup, at a cost per child of $10,000 to $100,000, never covered by Medicaid and only partially covered by many insurance companies. By removing these financial barriers to care, “Fund the Match”, allows children access to a life-saving transplant when they need it, without delay.
MY ROOM – the transplant process is lengthy. Couple this with an extended stay away from familiarity and comfort of home, and children to become very homesick. Themed hospital rooms put a child’s distinct fingerprint on the place they will be calling home for many months.
FAMILY MEAL VOUCHER – the average hospital stay for a transplant patient is 100 days. The cost of meals for a family during that time may average $7,000. Kids Beating Cancer helps meet these needs, as sometimes the simplest of problems becomes overwhelming during long hospital stays.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION – A trusted resource, Kids Beating Cancer educates on the treatment of stem cell transplantation for over 80 different diseases, the critical need for and the process to donate stem cells, the lengthy treatment process, the unique needs to successfully provide pediatric transplantation, and the costs never covered by insurance for the families.