Lions District 19C Childhood Cancer 2018-2019
Lions Clubs International recently introduced a new program: Childhood Cancer. The primary goal of Lions is to provide humanitarian service to 200 million people yearly. This new program is another avenue to accomplish this goal by providing humanitarian service to children suffering with all types of cancer! DG Sharon Sikes has chosen this as her signature program, partnering with Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation in Tacoma. VDG’s Pat Burch and Donna Murr will continue the program during their terms of office.
Because there are many different ways to support the Childhood Cancer Program, the District 19C Childhood Cancer Committee has chosen to focus on “family support” during this first year.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, as parents or a single parent, their world is turned upside down! Parents and families are needed by the child everyday supporting them through many ups and downs, tests, radiation, chemo, sickness and more. This often times means leaving their job and giving 100% the time to the child. As a parent, they are their child’s rock! Families can become financially challenged with needs such as: gas for transportation, funds for rent/mortgages, food, bills and medicine. Some families even need housing support for long or short term stays to be with their child 24 hours a day. Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation provides assistance for parents needing support.
100% of every dollar goes directly to help the patients and families at Mary Bridge!