The Mission of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NVCCF) is to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with life threatening or critical illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders, and immunologic diseases and provide healing arts and wellness programs to adults diagnosed with cancer.
Annually, NVCCF serves over 450 children and their families as well as over 950 adults touched by cancer living in Southern Nevada. Within 24 hours of receiving a referral, the NVCCF service professionals work in tandem to identify the financial, educational, and psychological needs for critically ill children and their families. These referrals originate from local and out of state hospital personnel, out-patient medical and oncology clinics.
NVCCF was created in 1993 by Dr. Ronald Oseas, the first child oncologist in Las Vegas, who identified the need for psycho-social services for ALL critically ill children and their families. He along with other caregivers went to work to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs.
In September 2011, NVCCF announced the addition of a local foundation into its programs which provides health and wellness support to adults diagnosed and touched by cancer. The Caring Place Program serves as a complement to medical treatment by providing services including Reiki, reflexology, yoga, stress management, massage, wellness seminars, nutrition classes, support groups and various other services for adults diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. With this addition of services, NVCCF now offers over 45 programs and services AT NO COST for critically ill children, caregivers, and adults touched by cancer living in Southern Nevada.
In June 2008, NVCCF introduced the Education Services program and opened the first in-patient classroom in the state of Nevada located at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The program has grown to provide education services to over 175 children each year and hosts education services at Summerlin Hospital. Education staff members work closely with Clark County School District employees to ensure the continued education of children who battle a daily fight against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. NVCCF Tutoring Services, staffed by volunteers, are available at multiple locations, valley wide, five days per week.
In June 2011, NVCCF became the official Nevada Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. NVCCF was the first and is the only foundation in Nevada to respond to the needs of sickle cell patients (90% African American and 10% Hispanic) and also those with immunologic diseases in the Las Vegas community. No services were offered to these populations prior the NCCF’s involvement.
In 2012, NVCCF became an approved host master site for clinic internship for social workers (post-masters) working to attain their clinical license (3,000 hours of direct individual and family counseling experience). Additionally, NVCCF is the selected facility for student interns completing their practicum (300 hours) for the UNLV Master of Social Work program.
In 2016, NVCCF announced the addition of another local program into its services for adults diagnosed with cancer. The ORION Cancer Grant provides financial grants to support adults diagnosed and in treatment with cancer who need additional assistance for basic living needs such as food, housing, transportation, and utility payments. Applications and funding information are available at www.nvccf.org .
In July 2017, NVCCF opened its new 16,000 square foot facility to accommodate the growing number of services and programs for those who fight a daily battle against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The goal of NVCCF is to improve the quality of life for critically ill children in Southern Nevada and for adults touched by cancer. For information on all services, programs and location, visit www.nvccf.org .