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Fundraising Priorities - Cancer

Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program

Goal- $5,000,000

This advanced program will address the continuum of care from prevention and early detection through diagnosis, treatment, and post treatment of breast cancer. It will include education and emotional support as well as the opportunity to explore complimentary services. With community support we will be better equipped to address the complicated needs of breast cancer survivors and have the ability to incorporate this program at each FH Cancer Institute location.

Program components:

  • Community awareness & education
  • Early detection
  • High risk assessment & genetic counseling
  • Treatment
  • Complimentary services
  • Survivorship
  • Research

Areas of emphasis:

  • Breast cancer prevention
  • Survivorship program
  • Pink Army initiative
  • Eden Spa
  • Healing environment tailored to meet physical, spiritual and emotional needs
  • Clinical & translational research
  • Mobil Mammography- Health Coach

Cancer Research

Goals - $1,625,000

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute has a nationally recognized Clinical Research Center, where patients are guided through each step of treatment in the very same building where Research and Development experts are looking for new curative treatments for cancer. FHCI’s participation in more than 100 clinical trials each year provides patients access to the latest treatments and prevention methods, including drugs not yet available to the public. Each day, our research program puts more people with cancer back on the journey toward wellness.

Research & Development Laboratory- $1,500,000

  • Significant funding is needed to support ongoing translational research partnerships with institutions such as Sanford-Burnham and the University of Central Florida to help bring new cancer fighting therapies to the bedside.

Clinical Trials (non pharmaceutical) - $125,000

  • The continued growth of our research department will provide better methods to prevent cancer, treat cancer and help survivors cope with long-term effects of cancer.

Pediatric Palliative Care Program “Children’s Care Team”

Goal- $1,500,000

This specialized team provides children and their families with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious life-threatening or life-altering condition- whatever the diagnosis. The program is comprised of an interdisciplinary team which consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, child life specialists and other health care providers. This expert care is provided by a specialized team working together with families to create a care plan that focuses on meeting the medical, spiritual and emotional needs of the child and his or her family in an effort to enhance the quality of life for these patients. The goal is to achieve the best quality of life for these children and their families through the provision of proactive, comprehensive, family-centered and holistic care. National models for successful palliative care programs rely heavily on philanthropic support as most palliative care services are non reimbursable by insurance. A third of the programs operating budget will need to be raised annually in order to continue to offer these essential services for our pediatric patients with life-threatening and life-altering diagnoses.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Goal-$5,000,000

Florida Hospital is the only site in Central Florida with an approved transplant program for both adult and pediatric patients. Bone Marrow Transplantation is a potentially lifesaving treatment for patients suffering from cancer and 72 other life threatening diseases such as aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, and various metabolic diseases. The goal of BMT is to destroy diseased bone marrow cells and replace them with normal bone marrow stem cells. This normal bone marrow is harvested from a healthy donor that is matched by a relative or through a donor located by the National Bone Marrow Registry and is then given to the patient following high doses of chemotherapy and sometimes radiation.

Our goal is to be a nationally leading program and provide this complex treatment to all patients that would benefit from receiving it. Cost to bring a patient to transplant can range from $10,000-$35,000 outside of what is covered by health insurance before the treatment is even administered. Community partners have the opportunity to save a life by providing a transplant to a child or adult who otherwise could not afford this cost leading up to transplant and once a transplant is administered.

Needy Patient Care Funds

Goals- $500,000

Patient Care Funds support underserved and uninsured patients needs for diagnostic testing and treatment. Some funds additionally support the financial needs associated with a life-threatening or life-altering diagnosis such as cancer.

  • The Dr. Jennie Yoon Buchanan, MD Breast Cancer Care Fund was established by Dr. Yoon and her husband Mr. Buchanan to provide free mammograms for uninsured and underserved women. It has since expanded to offer diagnostic testing and treatment if a cancer diagnosis is made. The cost to provide one mammogram for an uninsured patient is only $80.
  • The Pediatric Palliative Care Family Assistance Fund and the Adult Palliative Care Patient Assistance Fund were created to support the emergent financial needs of families with a child or adult suffering from a life-altering or life-threatening diagnosis. Funds are approved and distributed by a volunteer committee comprised of hospital staff.
  • The Adult BMT Patient Financial Assistance Fund was created to support the financial needs of adult patient’s pre and post bone marrow transplantation. Patients must stay in the hospital for extensive periods of time post transplant potentially causing severe financial hardships for the patient and their family.