Support Groups and Camps
Our division is involved in a number of support groups including those shown below:
- Carolina PALS
The University of North Carolina offers students a chance to befriend a pediatric patient at North Carolina Children's Hospital through their organization; Carolina PALS (Pediatric Attention, Love and Support.) Once patients and students are matched up, they can attend the many activities sponsored by the organization throughout the year, or they can just "hang out" during outpatient chemotherapy and other procedures. In the past, the CPALS have hosted picnics, zoo trips, horseback riding and other fun-filled events free of charge to patients and their families.
Many of the students are drawn to the organization through some personal exposure to cancer or other disease, and their compassion for children is only enhanced by their ability to "be a kid" again while in the company of their pal. The parents benefit from their child's diversion by having more time to relate to other parents, or converse with hospital and clinic staff. Pediatric Hem-Onc patients can get more information by calling our clinic at (919) 966-2931, or the main office at (919) 966-1178.
- Camp Carefree
Since 1986, Camp Carefree has provided a free, one-week camping experience for youngsters from North Carolina and neighboring states. Each summer, we provide staff for the Camp during the one-week sessions for children with cancer, hemophilia or sickle-cell disease, siblings of children with cancer, and children of parents with cancer. Children treated at the N.C. Children's Hospital for such things as cancer, sickle cell, multiple sclerosis and other life threatening diseases enjoy a week of playful fun with other children like themselves. The psychological, recreational and physical benefits of camping with their peers can help make their personal battle easier to bear. Campers can fish, canoe, horseback ride, swim, hike, in addition to crafts and performing arts. Medical volunteers closely monitor the children and administer medications and treatments as necessary. Located on 22 acres north of Reidsville, NC, inquiries and donations may be directed to:
Camp Carefree, Inc.
275 Carefree Lane
Stokesdale, NC, 27357
Telephone (336) 427-0966
- Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is open to all families with a pediatric patient being treated for a serious illness or injury at an area hospital or a hospital-affiliated clinic.
The links below provide more information for individuals interested in pediatric hematology-oncology.