The very first inkling of what would eventually become Cure 4 The Kids Foundation began back in 2007.
At a local Applebee’s restaurant, two people with extensive experience treating and caring for children with complex medical conditions — including cancer — decided there had to be a better way. Too often a child’s outcome from a medically complex condition was determined solely by the quality of their insurance plan. Many children couldn’t access proper treatment because the expense to cure the disease exceeded the family’s ability to pay. Still others had no medical insurance at all. Those lucky enough to afford treatment were often forced to travel out of town to receive the most current treatment or access clinical trials.
That conversation in 2007 led to the creation of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The foundation operates two clinics: The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and the Hemophilia Treatment Center of Nevada. Now, more than 10 years later, the clinics have treated a combined 40,000 patients.
We have the largest concentration of board-certified pediatric hematology-oncology providers in the state. We operate the only federally recognized hemophilia treatment centers in Nevada, and the only outpatient clinics providing specific treatments to childhood cancer survivors, pediatric palliative patients, pediatric rheumatology, rare and ultra rare diseases, genetic conditions and sickle cell disease.
Along with providing access to specialized care, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is that no patient at either clinic is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons. The foundation’s Charity Care Program allows all patients, including those without medical insurance and those unable to pay for treatment, to receive care. For those with limited incomes, service is provided on a sliding scale fee. This is a groundbreaking healthcare model for an outpatient clinic providing highly specialized medical treatment.
Our Vision … is to be the community leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children, with particular emphasis on the pediatric hematology-oncology population. This vision will be achieved through pursuing the best possible patient outcomes by developing a reliable, efficient, and responsive team that has the capability of meeting the individual needs of “this” patient while continually improving care for the “next” patient.
Our Mission … is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment, while providing access to quality medical care for the uninsured, under insured, and medically indigent children of Nevada with complex medical issues; through a charity care plan, education, research, and advocacy. Consistent with the vision of our founders, that no child be deprived of care based on a family’s inability to pay for services.
Nevada is a fast-growing and increasingly diverse state, blessed with an array of resources and opportunities, while also faced with a number of significant health and human services challenges. Our Board of Directors of the Alliance for Childhood Diseases (DBA Cure 4 The Kids Foundation) believe that Nevada needs and deserves a strong and vital organization that is ready, willing, and able to serve the community’s ongoing pediatric health care needs; particularly around pediatric specialty and subspecialty medical care and related resources.
Population Served … It is not unusual for children with cancer and other complex medical conditions from Nevada and the surrounding region to travel hundreds of miles, seeking appropriate care and access to the latest treatment protocols and clinical trials. However, the most vulnerable of children diagnosed with complex medical issues such as cancer; the uninsured, under insured and medically indigent are often excluded from this opportunity due to their lack of medical coverage and/or the finances required to appropriately treat these childhood conditions. It is not only our policy that no child will be denied care at our clinic for financial reasons; it is our legacy.
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