Health—General & Rehabilitative

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

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Richmond, VA

Mission

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to making life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia through emotional, educational, financial, and social support. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:We believe in children and families firstBe mission drivenBe responsible stewards of resources Be ethicalBe an open and collaborative community partnerBe proactive as well as responsiveBe creative and innovativeShow compassion at all times

Ruling Year

1978

Principal Officer

Ms. Amy Godkin

Main Address

P.O. Box 17184

Richmond, VA 23226 USA

Keywords

childhood cancer support, pediatric cancer support, assistance for children with cancer, pediatric oncology,health care advocate

EIN

51-0173669

 Number

2902925936

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Cancer (G30)

Family Services (P40)

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Our programs

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Psychosocial Support

Educational Support

Financial Assistance

Social Support

Health & Wellness Services

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ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation aims to make life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia. We will do this by providing direct emotional, spiritual, educational, financial, and social support.

All of the programs and services we provide are centered around the three pillars that represent ASK: Assistance, Support and Kindness. We focus on non-medical, quality of life support from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond to both our survivors and bereaved families. Our staff--Child Life Therapist, Chaplain, Child Psychologist, and Educational Consultant--work directly with our families to make this happen.

We have consistently supported children with cancer in our community since 1975. Today, we are the area's largest and most comprehensive provider of support services for children with cancer and their families. We work closely with the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and fund three full-time support positions (Child Life Therapist, Chaplain, and Child Psychologist) that are embedded within their multidisciplinary team in the Pediatric Oncology Department. Outside of the hospital setting, we provide support groups facilitated by our staff and specialists in our community, educational services including a preschool program and after school tutoring, financial assistance, bereavement support, and survivorship programs.

ASK measures its programs on an annual basis – getting feedback from patients, survivors and parents on program effectiveness. We also survey them on which programs/services they wish they'd had during treatment so that we can continue to improve/expand our services. Through evaluation results we hope to see:
• Reduced anxiety in patients and their families
• Increased awareness about the support services available to them.
• 100% promotion to the next grade for all students, compared to a state average of about 91%
• Better grades than the students were achieving prior to receiving ASK's academic support
• And eventually lower rates of unemployment and underemployment in our young adult population; cancer survivors are four times more likely to be unemployed as adults compared to the general population

Accomplishments include: creating a psychosocial support team within the hospital setting for pediatric oncology patients and constructing educational support programs for our youngest patients and survivors up high school graduation. Next, as our local survivorship population increases, our goal is to support and help them thrive. Expanding life skills and work force development support for young adult populations will further the goal. Two-thirds of survivors will have permanent late effects as a result of treatment. Survivors experience higher rates of unemployment and suicidal thoughts. Addressing these problems by offering continued life skill support/vocational training and psychological support through our Launch Project position, is a continuation of our mission and meets a critical need in the community.

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Financials

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes