About 12,840 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more.
Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was less than 60%.
Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,310 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2018.
Helping childhood cancer patients and their families since 1994
A Mother’s Kiss is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional and financial support to the families of childhood cancer patients in the Long Island area.
Families undergoing the treatment process need help in shouldering the financial burdens associated with treatment, such as:
- Mortgage, rent, and utility bills
- Unpaid deductibles, co-pays, and medical bills
- Parking, fees, and transportation costs
- Meals and lodging away from home
- The costs of private nursing and home care
- Certain household expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Plus many other expenses too numerous to mention…
Aside from financial assistance and emotional support, we also provide diversional activities to the children and their families throughout the year. We celebrate with annual summer picnics, winter holiday parties, and holiday family sponsorships to help raise the family’s spirits. By working in partnership with area hospitals, volunteer organizations, caring corporations and individuals, we try to help these families enjoy a bit of normalcy in their lives.
We understand because…
We bring a unique understanding to the families that we help. The officers and board members of A Mother’s Kiss have all experienced the trials and tribulations associated with childhood cancer, whether by direct or indirect relation. Many of us have known the agony of losing a child along the way. Others must endure the ever stressful possibility of relapse years after treatment. We understand.
Our Volunteers are the best...
The volunteers of A Mother’s Kiss desire to increase awareness of the ordeal of childhood cancer while simultaneously raising funds to help families and further research.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for our organization, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us.