Community Partners

Community Partners

  • BumbleBee Foundation

    The mission of Bumblebbee is to inspire hope and faith by providing support to the overall well-being of pediatric cancer families. Established in 2011, the Bumblebee Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 that was founded in memory of Jarren Donatini, who was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) at the age of three.

    During his 18 month battle with cancer Jarren touched the lives of many and showed others about the meaning of true love, faith, and courage. His parents immediately knew they were called to start an organization that would offer this same attitude of love and support for all families suffering from pediatric cancer.

    A grant from TCRF will support a program central to BumbleBee’s mission: the patient aid program. BumbleBee Foundation’s Patient Aid program is designed to assist pediatric cancer families through direct financial support. Families of a child undergoing cancer treatment may require financial assistance for basic needs such as mortgage or rent, utilities and groceries. Additional assistance may come in the form of sibling care, transportation needs, and medical bill coverage. Even with insurance plans intact, pediatric cancer parents are required to pay more in co-payments, deductibles, and co-insurance. In worst case scenarios, BumbleBee also provide assistance with funeral/memorial costs.

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  • Camp Kesem

    Kesem is committed to creating a world where every child who has a parent with a cancer diagnosis or has lost a parent to cancer is never alone. We support these children through and beyond their parent’s cancer with free, fun-filled creative programs and a lasting community.

    This grant from TCRF will enable Kesem to reach more of the children impacted by a parent’s cancer that we otherwise would be unable to serve. In 2020, we are expanding our reach in Southern California to include a chapter at UC Riverside and our chapters at UCLA and UC San Diego will continue to provide two weeks of free summer camp to effectively double their service reach.

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  • City of Hope

    Cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship are difficult for patients of any age, but these experiences are especially challenging and significant sources of distress for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients (defined as ages 15-39 at City of Hope).

    This grant from TCRF, funded by the Cancer Free Generation, will support the creation of a model program for AYA patients that operates parallel to medical treatment that screens, triages, and addresses AYA unmet needs in a multidisciplinary and coordinated manner. Leveraging City of Hope’s unmatched expertise in supportive care with our leading-edge cancer care would allow for more immediate, up-front, targeted psychosocial screening to facilitate early interventions for AYA patients across all disease areas at City of Hope who are at high risk for psychosocial and medical challenges. Through this program, we aim to prevent poor social and emotional treatment outcomes due to chronic distress and demonstrate the value of incorporating targeted support for AYA patients and provide a foundation for long-term program sustainability.

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  • John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center

    A grant from TCRF will 1. Establish a Los Angeles Cancer Caregiver Consortium (LA3C), whose goal will be to address this unmet need of mental health and well-being for cancer caregivers. LA3C will convene and engage a diverse group of stakeholders and leaders in multiple sectors that most influence and are affected by cancer caregiver mental health. The stakeholders will include patients and caregivers, mental and behavioral health practitioners, non-profits, forprofits, and faith-based groups that provide resources and support to cancer caregivers across the continuum of care. The group will 2a. Develop a training program as well as collate and make available resources for primary caregivers and other professionals on how to identify loneliness, social isolation, and other psychosocial issues in patients, how to communicate the physical and mental health risks of isolation and prescribe contextually appropriate measures. Lastly, we will 3. Host two caregiver-directed training sessions for members of the community. By providing education and training for these professionals on how to best identify, intervene, and provide referrals to behavioral health services for caregivers in their communities, the program has to potential to have downstream impact on tens of thousands of cancer caregivers in the region, including those from underserved communities.

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  • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center

    The OUR HOUSE mission is to provide the community with grief support services, education, resources, and hope. Since 1993, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark upon their journeys to hope and healing.

    This grant from TCRF will provide free grief support groups for bereaved Latinx children, teens, and adults within under-resourced and high-need neighborhoods, ensuring equitable access to grief support resources and opportunities to process the trauma of a death, overcome adversity, and thrive. Thank you for your enduring partnership.

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  • Project Angel Food

    Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day.

    A grant from TCRF will go to support Project Angel Food’s home-delivered meal and nutrition services program, which helps keep our cancer clients nourished, helps improve medication adherence, and reduces food insecurity. Funds will contribute directly to the annual preparation of 115,000 meals to 360 Los Angeles County residents disabled by cancer, including weekly distribution of meals to the homes of our critically ill clients and nutritional counseling by a registered dietitian.

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  • University of Southern California

    The Institute for Arts in Medicine [IAM] is dedicated to expanding and uniting the community that is focused on overcoming disease and specifically cancer. The IAM is working in partnership with the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of USC. As we pursue innovative and interdisciplinary methods to facilitate better patient care, collaboration is the way forward and a cornerstone of our strategy. The IAM draws upon a network of renowned scientists, academics, and practitioners to deliver an integrative model of research and patient care, a team that values the health of patients and underserved populations. Cancer patients are faced with both physical and emotional stresses upon diagnosis and during their treatment. Art and mindfulness-based therapies have been shown to improve quality of life amongst cancer patients. This study will assess the impact of implementing expressive arts therapies, virtual reality, the LaughMD application, and guided imagery on hospitalized cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. The utility of these integrative approaches during inpatient chemotherapy administration will be evaluated in terms of its psychological and biological impacts, through patient reported pain scores, anxiety surveys and through assessment of serum biomarkers correlated with pain and anxiety. The implementation of different arts-based, humor- and mindfulness-based therapies in the healthcare setting may serve as a cost-effective, nonpharmacological agent to alleviate pain, anxiety, and stress. The study will consist of 60 volunteer inpatients with ages ranging from 18 – 90 years receiving chemotherapy, the study period will be over 24 months. Anticipated results will demonstrate the feasibility of implementation on a large scale and the potential to lay the foundation for a larger, prospective study to meaningfully evaluate the impact of these interventions on anxiety depression and somatic symptoms among inpatients undergoing cancer-directed therapies.

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