Please allow us to introduce our charity. We are the Wayne County Children's Cancer Fund, or WCCCF for short. We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity with the state of New York so your donations are tax deductible. We were founded in 2003 for the purpose of assisting families of children, 18 years of age or younger, who reside in Wayne County, and suffer from cancer or other chronic illness.
Since being founded, we have assisted over 60 families and are currently working with 9 area families. In Clyde a 7 year old boy, in Macedon a 2 year old boy, in North Rose a 4 year old boy, in Walworth a 2 year old girl, in Williamson a 15 year old boy, in Palmyra a 17 year old boy and a 14 year old girl, and in Newark a 14 year old boy and an 18 year old young man. Although this is still too many, at times we have been assisting as many as 9 families at a time. All of these children have some form of cancer.
We assist these families by covering some of the necessary day to day expenses that are incurred by families who have a child with cancer. We all know about medical deductibles, meals eaten at the hospital, transportation costs and other expenses that pile up as the children undergo treatment.
We have seen some of these children undergo their treatments and go on to enjoy their lives; others we have seen lose their lives fighting this disease. Although we love to hear of the survivors' stories, we also must remember the children who have lost their lives. Since 2003 we have lost 7 children, Laurie, a 11 year old girl from Palmyra, Jon, a 19 month old boy from Sodus, Ronni, a 16 year old girl from Williamson, Kyle, a 16 year old boy from Ontario, Emily, a 8 year old girl from Ontario, Lizzy, a 9 year old girl from Palmyra, and Jeremiah, a 6 year old boy from Walworth.
Since 2004, we have raised over $150,000 by fundraisers, United Way donations, raffles and gifts. Our two primary fundraisers are a steak dinner ($25 a person) at Captain Jack's in Sodus Point on the first Sunday in April. (This year is April 12th as Easter is the first Sunday.) Our other fund raiser is a golf tournament at Sodus Bay Heights, this year on August 10th; cost is $125 a golfer or we have sponsorships that range from $25 and up. In the past three years, we have spent over $80,000 supporting families so they can worry about their children and not the costs. Our committee consists of all volunteers. Of each dollar raised over 95 cents goes to help the families.
We obtain the names of families by working closely with a pediatric oncology social worker at Golisano Children's Hospital. Once the necessary paperwork and releases are completed, we meet with the families to explain what we do and tell them how we may be able to help them. We try not to interfere with their lives but want them to know we are there when needed.
Donations can be made to us by sending contributions to WCCCF, PO Box 61, Sodus, NY 14551 or by donating through the United Way where we are a designated donor - number 2520. If you want to know more, be a part of our committee, volunteer or just be on our email list so you know what we do. Please send an email to email@example.com or call Bill Bolling at 315-576-0698. You can also check us out on the web at www.waynecountykids.com.
What We Do
We work closely with a Child Oncology social worker at Strong Hospital. Once we have the referral, we meet with the family to understand their situation, both financially and emotionally. We try to provide the families with assistance they cannot get elsewhere. We have provided gas cards, food, presents and gifts for both the ill child and other children in the family. We also help with unexpected expenses. Each family is different and the things we do are different for each. We offer support so they may focus on the ill child. We have helped with insurance deductibles and even funeral expenses. Each request is reviewed and brought to the committee.
We do not compete with other support organizations; we work with the social worker so the necessary support is given. A committee member volunteers to serve as the family's contact with the charity so they always have someone for support.
Ronni and fmily with committee members
Too many children with cancer and their families are not able to receive proper diagnostics and treatment. The Wayne County Children's Cancer Fund can help local children get high level, modern procedures to find and pinpoint their disease, an important step in successful treatment.
- Nearly 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 12 months. - 1-in-408 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 15. - 1-in-285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20. - Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children. - The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6 years old. - 1 out of 5 children with childhood cancer will die. - An estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) this year. - Every school day, 43 young people (or two classrooms of children) are diagnosed with cancer. - 3 out of 5 children suffer from long-term side effects from cancer. - Only 3% of federal funding for cancer research is focused on childhood cancers. - Childhood cancer is not one disease. There are more than 25 different types, each requiring their own research. - Childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer. Separate research and treatments are required. - Since the 1950s, overall survival rates have risen from less than 10% to almost 80%. - Childhood cancer cure rates vary for each type of childhood cancer. - Overall progress has flat lined over the last 10 years, indicating a strong need to increase funding research for children.
CAN YOU VOLUNTEER
Interested in helping? We can always use the help. It may be working with a family, helping at the golf tournament or steak dinner. Obtaining publicity for us helps to provide for what we do. We are not looking for recognition but for ways to help the families. You may now contribute to us through the United Way - use code 2520 - Wayne County Children's Cancer Fund. If you want to help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bill at 315-576-0698.
The Wayne County Children's Cancer Fund is now capable of accepting long term securities. In most instances, an outright gift using long term held stock can offer a number of benefits for both the donor and our charity. When appreciated securities held for more than one year are donated to WCCCF, the donor would receive not only a charitable gift deduction for the full fair market value of the gift but also the benefit of avoiding payment of tax on the capital gain. If you are curious about making a donation of appreciated assets or other estate planning strategy, please let us know.