2021 Survivorship Prize Awarded to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Accepts Survivorship Champion’s Prize

The Children’s Cancer Cause Survivorship Champion’s Prize recognizes excellence in post-treatment care that meets the unique needs of childhood cancer survivors.

We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Children’s Cancer Cause as we are impressed by their advocacy and commitment to childhood cancer survivors.”

— Dr. Karen Effinger, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, Oct. 27, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Children’s Cancer Cause is proud to name the Cancer Survivor Program of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the recipient of the Survivorship Champion’s 2021 Price. The $10,000 Survivorship Champion’s Prize is awarded annually to a group, program or institution that makes significant progress in programs and services to provide lifelong health maintenance to childhood cancer survivors.

“Child cancer survivors face complex and lifelong health effects from their treatment. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Cancer Survivor Program is pioneering work to provide comprehensive, integrated care designed to maximize quality of life and long-term survival, in addition to conducting critical research into survival rates, said Children’s Cancer Cause Program Director Julie Taylor.

The Survivorship Champion’s Prize is part of the Stewart Initiative for Childhood Cancer Survivors, an educational program of the Children’s Cancer Cause. One in four survivors surveyed by the Children’s Cancer Cause in the summer of 2021 reported uncertainty about whether they have a record of their treatment or a summary of their care, and half of the survivors surveyed are concerned about having a relapse or getting a secondary cancer diagnosis. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Cancer Survivor Program serves as a model for survival programs and services across the country that aim to change this narrative and improve long-term care for the country’s 500,000 childhood cancer survivors.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the Children’s Cancer Cause as we are impressed by their advocacy and commitment to childhood cancer survivors,” said Dr. Karen Effinger, medical director of the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders. Center for Child Care. “Our clinical and research teams are committed to working together to improve the overall physical and mental health of survivors. We know that the end of cancer therapy is just the beginning of the survivor’s lifelong health journey. This journey can be complex and terrifying, especially as survivors move away from their treatment facilities.

Three additional top-scoring applicants will be recognized with $5,000 awards in special award categories:

Program Impact: The Treatment After Cancer and Late Effects Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, Louisiana) was selected in recognition of their significant role as the only survival clinic dedicated to the care of pediatric cancer patients in the Gulf South region and providing needed services to a very large, underprivileged population;

Collaboration: The After Cancer Treatment Survivorship Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (Orange, California) is recognized for providing resources to patients at risk to successfully guide the transition from pediatric to adult care, the reintegration programs on school and training and networking between community providers and survivors; and

Scalability: Valley Children’s Hospital Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program (Madera, California) is recognized for expanding its reach and services to other centers and providers in surrounding central California communities.

This second annual Survivorship Champion’s Prize will be formally awarded to all four institutions in November 2021.

“Our team from the Cancer Survivor Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s looks forward to using the funds to begin the process of expanding SurvivorLink™ into a mobile application,” said Dr. Ann Mertens, research director of the Cancer Survival Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s. “The SurvivorLink™ platform provides bereaved persons and their families with access to educational materials and their bereaved care plans to support them in their health journey and transition to adult care.”

The Stewart Initiative was launched with generous support from the Stewart Family Fund. These 2021 awards are presented in memory of John Stewart, a longtime board member of Children’s Cancer Cause, who passed away in September 2021.

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Children’s Cancer Cause, formerly known as Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy, is the leading national advocacy organization promoting access to less toxic and more effective childhood cancer therapies; to expand resources for research and specialized care; and to address the unique needs and challenges of childhood cancer survivors and their families. Children’s Cancer Cause leads efforts to ensure these needs and perspectives of children with cancer are integrated into the highest health and cancer policy deliberations at the federal level.

Jess Kean
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