FOCUS on Oncology is a volunteer group of families and friends dedicated to advancing the fight against childhood cancer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Cancer Research Center. While our goal is to provide information and support to the families whose children are suffering from this life-threatening disease, our mission is to raise funds for research that will ultimately cure all children with cancer.
You may order the calendar through the order form on the Children's Hospital web site
All of the artwork in this calendar was created by children with cancer, either as inpatients at Children's Hospital's recently renovated Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman Oncology Unit and the Jeffry Jay Weinberg Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, or as outpatients during their visits for treatment. We thank these marvelous, courageous youngsters for sharing their feelings and emotions with us. The opportunity to communicate through art, under the guidance of the Hospital's Child Life Program, offers a valuable outlet for these youngsters, during an otherwise difficult period -- a time often marked by isolation and helplessness.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children in the United States today. However, cancers considered incurable 25 years ago now respond to treatments which produce remarkable recovery rates. The proceeds from calendar sales benefit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Cancer Research Center. The Center administers care to 80% of all pediatric cancer patients in the Delaware Valley.
We deeply appreciate the many businesses and individuals who have sold calendars in the past and who are selling them again this year. And we are pleased that the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia) again is showing the artwork for two months in late 2000.
We appreciate your interest and support, thereby assuring a brighter future for our young patients. For more information on FOCUS on Oncology and how you can help, please call 215-590-4475.
Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation go to our friends at Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories for continuing to underwrite this entire calendar project. The creative design was donated by a team of talented graphic artists from 30 West Advertising (a Wyeth-Ayerst Company). Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories supported the costs of production.