The Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation offers a number of different programs that support Fredericksburg Area families who are fighting pediatric cancer, or who have suffered the loss of a child. Our programs address many of the challenges faced by families who are enduring, or have endured these significant challenges. If you would like more information on any of our programs, please contact the foundation by email, phone, or the contact form below. Remember, all Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation programs are offered free of charge to patients and families.
Financial Assistance Grants
- The Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation recognizes that there are a number of added expenses that accompany a pediatric cancer diagnosis. As such, the GOCF offers direct assistance grants to area families fighting pediatric cancer. Click here for the grant application. Once it is completed, it can be submitted via email to email@example.com, or faxed to 888-900-4623 (GOCF).
- The GOCF recognizes that children have no opportunity or drive to exercise during treatment. Because of this they come out of the hospital or protocol with decreased muscle mass and overall cardiovascular health. We have partnered up with the Ron Rosner YMCA and sent two of their personal trainers to class for a certification in working with cancer patients. They now offer one-on-one fitness programs for kids with cancer and have the training to do it right. A healthy body means a healthy mind and healthy spirit, and the GOCF will cover all personal training costs associated with this program. Please contact us by phone or email to get more details.
Emotional Support Groups
- Sibling Loss – The loss of a child affects the entire family. Many programs exist locally for parents who lose a child, but what about their brother or sister. After Grace passed, we noticed that there we no programs designed specifically for children who had lost a sibling – a significant and unique life experience. As such, we worked to develop support groups for children and teens who experienced such a loss as a result of any illness or trauma, not just cancer. This is not one-on-one therapy, but an opportunity to children to gather with others who have experienced a similar loss. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sibling Support – Many children in our community live with a brother or sister with a life-altering condition. As a result time an attention is diverted away from their sibling and can be a struggle for the healthy child or teen. We aim to offer a safe place for siblings to express their feelings with others who understand their situation. This is not a cancer-specific program and covers a wide variety of conditions. Please contact us for more information.
- Fredericksburg Fathers of the Fallen (F3) – Coming soon! – The F3 group is designed to support fathers who have lost a child as a result of illness or trauma. Dads deal with loss in a different way and tend not to like sitting on a couch somewhere talking about their feelings. The F3 group offers an activity-based model placing fathers among their peers who have lived through a similar tragedy. Then…support just happens.
- Children and teens battling cancer are required to miss a number of days at school as a result of appointments, admissions, and illness. There are also cognitive side effects that can couple cancer treatment. Our education programs will offer tutoring, summer enrichment, and program navigation assistance to help these kids stay on track, so when they beat cancer they can apply for a GOCF Survivor Scholarship! We are delighted to have Jill Roberson, M.Ed. managing our education programs. For more information, please contact Jill via email at email@example.com or by phone at 888-900-4623 extension 710.
Fredericksburg Regional Mobile Lab
- Free CBC Services – One of the many challenges faced by families fighting pediatric cancer is the frequency with which they must have lab work drawn. In many cases this requires them to travel two, three, or even five days per week. This creates challenges with school, work, illness, expenses…and so on. The Mobile Lab offers our area families the option of having lab work drawn at a convenient time and location, giving them back some control and ability to plan their week. The service area is expected to include Fredericksburg, Stafford, Southeastern Fauquier, Southern Prince William, Culpepper, Orange, Spotsy, Louisa, Caroline, Northwestern Hanover, King George, and the western parts of Westmoreland, Essex, King William, and King and Queen counties. Dr. Jiyeon Becker serves as the Medical Director for this service and the Mobile Lab is available now for area patients, so request a referral from your hem/onc attending physician. For more information or referral forms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Mobile Lab at 888-900-4623 (GOCF), Extension 777.
- Marrow Donor Drives – Many children suffering from cancer or hematological disorders require bone marrow or stem cell transplants as part of their treatment regimen. Finding a match is a frequent challenge for these patients, so the more people who are registered, the better the chance is that they will find a match. The Mobile Lab sets up regular Marrow Drives around the Fredericksburg Region to try and give these patients the best chance to find a match. If you are interested in being added to the donor registry, please email email@example.com. To find out about upcoming drives, or to request a drive, please visit our “events” page, or call the Mobile Lab at 888-900-4623 (GOCF), Extension 777.
Logistics and Transportation Programs – Coming soon!
- Please stay tuned for more information on the GOCF’s transportation and logistics programs.