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Our History…Evolution…Mission…Expansion…Affiliations…the Future…

Our Mission: TheChildren’s Cancer Caring Center (CCCC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized and operated for the purpose of supporting research and a free total care program for children regardless of race, color or ethnic origin afflicted with cancer; to administer and maintain free ancillary programs that alleviate suffering and anguish of these children and their families; and educate individuals and groups to the profound needs of cancer stricken children.

Our History: In 1965, treatment for children with cancer was limited to “supportive” care, as medical science lacked the scope of pharmaceutical drugs, surgical techniques and hi-tech equipment used in more recent years.  As a consequence, young children with cancer were faced with a bleak prognosis.  Adding to this, the only children accepted for treatment were those from affluent families, as insurance companies refused to cover the costs of treatments that were deemed to be experimental.  In the South Florida community, there was a crying need for a children’s cancer clinic that would accept all afflicted children, without exception.

In 1965, the Clinic (then known as the Deed Club) opened its doors, having a desk and a few chairs to begin its philanthropic effort with two patients.  Since that first day, the mission of this all-volunteer organization has remained a constant testament to the heart and strength of this one-of-a-kind charity corporation.

During the past 51 years, no family has ever received a bill, and no child has ever been turned away because of the family’s inability to pay for the astronomical costs involved.

 

 

“During the past 51 years, no family has ever received a bill, and no child has ever been turned away.”

From its inception, the Clinic supported and participated in collaborative research programs nationally, and later, internationally, which advanced the pool of knowledge resulting in progressively more effective therapies.  Supporting research has always been an essential component of the Children’s Cancer Caring Center.

The CCCC celebrates its affiliation with the new Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) scheduled to open in 2017, where compassion for the patient, delivery of the finest and best patient care, and conducting vital and exciting research are of top priorities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman / CEO

LEE KLEIN, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, has been recognized for five decades of achievements as the creative force, compassionate leader, and administrative genius, making it possible for children with cancer to receive necessary medical treatment and ancillary care.

Lee began her career as a volunteer charity worker for children’s causes in 1956.  Nine years later, Lee accepted the greatest challenge of her life:  The founding of an unprecedented treatment clinic for cancer-stricken children which is today known as the Children’s Cancer Center and which has been her life-long passion.

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CHILDHOOD CANCER FACTS:

  • Cancer is the #1 killer disease of children

  • Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death, responsible for more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.

  • Approximately 46 U.S. children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every single day.

  • On the average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer.

  • One in every 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19.

  • About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.

  • The National Cancer Institute’s federal budget is $4.6 billion; less than 3 percent goes to research into the 12 major pediatric cancers.

  • Cancer does not discriminate based on which school you attend, how much money you have or the color of your skin. Even though overall cure rates for childhood cancer have improved from 20 to 80 percent in the last 50 years, many children are still lost to this terrible disease.

  • Cancers in children often are hard to recognize right away because the symptoms can overlap with much more common illnesses or injuries. Children often get sick or have bumps or bruises that might mask the early signs of cancer. Parents should be sure their children have regular medical check-ups and watch for any unusual signs or symptoms that do not go away. These include:

    • An unusual lump or swelling.
    • Unexplained paleness and loss of energy.
    • Easy bruising.
    • An ongoing pain in one area of the body.
    • Limping.
    • Unexplained fever or illness that doesn’t go away.
    • Frequent headaches, often with vomiting.
    • Sudden eye or vision changes.
    • Sudden unexplained weight loss.