Israel Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc.

aka ICCF   |   Lawrence, NY   |  www.israelcancer.org

Mission

ISRAEL CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION (ICCF): MISSION STATEMENT

Israel Children's Cancer Foundation's mission is to improve the level of clinical care for more than 1,400 Israeli children afflicted with the devastating disease of cancer.

This is accomplished through the funds generated by ICCF donors which are then forwarded to Israel in the form of grants to six major hospitals and medical centers who care for 96% of all child cancer patients.

ICCF is unique in that it is the only non-profit whose funds are earmarked for in-hospital treatment of these children. These grants are awarded after an in-depth review by ICCF's Medical Advisory Council, composed of the most prominent members of the pediatric oncology-hematology establishment in the United States.

These grants are used for programs that are not funded by the Israeli government or its health-care establishment. These grants cover a wide range of programs, including bone marrow transplants, long-term follow-up clinics, art therapy, in-hospital and home hospice programs, as well as a number of others that are vital to the wellbeing of the patients. As evidenced by progress reports emanating from Israel, they have had an important impact on the quality of pediatric cancer care through the efforts of ICCF and the generosity of its donors.

Ruling year info

1998

Director of Development

Harold Blond

Executive Secretary

Mrs. Ronni Pasciucco

Main address

141 Washington Ave Suite 205

Lawrence, NY 11559 USA

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EIN

11-3418416

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

Pediatrics (G98)

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BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS

Medical cancer research has proven that bone marrow transplants are a most effective form of treatment in helping children with cancer. The transplants help leukemia patients go into remission. Bone marrow transplants are also one of the most expensive treatments for treating cancer. ICCF helps fund bone marrow transplant programs in six of Israel's hospitals and medical centers. ICCF helps many families whose children need a transplant the opportunity to afford it. This treatment provides these children and their families the priceless gift of hope and life.

Population(s) Served

According to a recent study nearly three-fourths of childhood cancer patients go into remission. Those who do survive childhood cancer require regular follow-up care to prevent a reoccurrence of the disease. Survivors may experience congestive heart failure, ovarian failure, hearing loss, and secondary cancer in addition to other health problems. The health of pediatric cancer survivors remains unstable for the rest of their lives. Despite this reality, medical reports indicate that less than twenty percent of survivors receive follow-up cancer care. The ICCF recognizes the fragility of cancer patients as well as cancer survivors and has set up Long-Term Survivorship Clinics at four of Israel's largest hospitals and medical centers. For the past 15 years, since ICCF's founding, Israeli cancer survivors have benefited from the ongoing medical treatment at the Long-Term Survivorship Clinics.

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Close to 80% of Israeli children with cancer will be cured of their disease- unfortunately, 20% will die.

In order to make their last weeks or months as comfortable as possible, ICCF is providing grants for hospice programs in the hospitals, as well as in the homes, in order to make the last days of their lives as painless as possible.

For these unfortunate hospice patients, we are providing trained medical clowns, as well as other programs, to make their final days as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Population(s) Served

As a cancer patient, a child not only experiences physical trauma, but emotional and psychological trauma as well. Just as ICCF aids pediatric cancer patients in their physical battle against cancer, ICCF also aims to support patients in their emotional and psychological struggles. The ICCF art therapy programs provide pediatric patients with an opportunity to heal in ways beyond physical illness by nurturing the personality and spirit of each individual child. The patients are encouraged to express their feelings through various activities including yoga, puppetry, drawing, sculpture, computer design, and photography. Art therapy makes each transition from one treatment to the next and eventually into mainstream society smoother and more manageable for the child. Through the ICCF art therapy program children are able to understand and express how they are feeling and become active participants in their own healing processes.

The art therapy program has been especially successful at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The program currently treats patients varying from age four to twenty-one and is modified according to each patient's specific age and condition. "I have noticed how they become aware of their own strengths and how their ego gets reinforced while discovering new talents and expanding their creativity," says AnaLia Magen, a Registered Art Therapist at the Rambam facility. The non-verbal environment provides patients with the safety and comfort to express their innermost, least spoken of, concerns and anxieties. The program not only allows patients to communicate their feelings to themselves, but also to the medical staff and their parents. The program does not only serve a reactive purpose to cancer, but also allows for social, physical, and the intellectual development. ICCF is proud to help pediatric cancer patients who find the strength and hope to live within themselves.

Population(s) Served

ICCF is involved in convening a conference regarding the establishment of a nurse-practitioner program in Israel, similar to programs that are currently in place in the United States.

This program will help free-up the time that the pediatric oncologists and hematologists can spend in treating their patients. It has been shown that these nurse practitioners can relieve the physicians from much of the preparatory and paperwork, thus allowing them to devote more time to their patients.

If successful, this program will be an important step in helping to improve the level of patient care for Israeli children with cancer.

Population(s) Served

Entry-level pediatric oncologists and hematologists, because of their low starting salaries, work part-time each day, and then leave to "moonlight" at one of the government health facilities to make ends meet.

To help ameliorate this problem, the ICCF is working on a plan to provide stipends to these young doctors so that they can put in a whole day at their respective hospitals thereby allowing for improved clinical care for the youngsters afflicted with the dreaded disease of cancer.

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Israel Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Harold Blond