Suppose the only option for parents to get their sick child to life-saving medical care was to use public transit. Imagine the physical and emotional strain—not to mention the risk of exposure to infection—of having to ride a bus, for instance, in order to reach the medical center where that child receives chemotherapy or a blood transfusion for sickle cell disease. What if the parents of a seriously ill child did not even have access to public transit and had no affordable way to take their child to treatment at all. Thanks to a generous donation, we are able to provide a van at a number of our centers, free of charge, to patients and their families so they never have to worry about how they will get to treatment and check-ups. This ensures that the child is able to receive his or her treatment on a regular basis without added expense or strain on the family. The van also provides privacy and a sense of safety for the patient, particularly important if he or she is experiencing side effects from treatment.
“The Valerie Fund helps distract me from the “pokes” and tests with funny cartoons on TV or games played on an iPad. They let me make some decisions of my own like choosing my own Band Aid character. ”