Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys Supporting Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

Carter Helps Launch Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s “Keep It Local” Campaign

 

Nick Carter, member of the multi-Grammy award winning musical group The Backstreet Boys, solo artist, actor and producer, and Las Vegas resident, is helping bring greater awareness to Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center.

 

Carter has stepped forward to support Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in a number of ways including a series of recorded public service announcements that highlight the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the need for local support. Carter has also supported Cure 4 The Kids Foundation via his social media channels of over 1 million followers. Carter, along with his wife and two children, has made Southern Nevada his home.

 

“I have come to learn so much about Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, and am so impressed by what they provide to the community and of course to patients,” said Nick Carter. “It’s made me truly appreciate that my own children are in good health, and it has also moved me to want to support Cure 4 The Kids Foundation which is saving the lives of children with cancer — including those without medical insurance or ability to pay. That is an incredible commitment to this community and I am compelled to do what I can to support it.”

 

“Getting to know Nick Carter has been an absolute joy and to see his desire to step in and help us is all anyone needs to know about his giving heart, and his commitment to this community,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “We’re proud to say that Nick Carter is one of us, a Las Vegan, and is committed to supporting his community.”

 

The PSAs will be shared by Nick Carter on his social media platforms and also by Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on theirs. The public is encouraged to also share the PSA and is asked to tag @Cure4The KidsFoundation on Facebook, @Cure4thekids onTwitter, @Cure4thekids on Instagram, and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation on LinkedIn.

 

Keep It Local

Carters support of the organization, as a resident of Southern Nevada, is also helping Cure 4 The Kids Foundation launch its Keep It Local” campaign. While many national and well-known childhood cancer organizations fundraise in Nevada, those organizations do not provide direct medical treatment to Nevada children battling cancer. 

 

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is Nevada’s only clinic member of the Childrens Oncology Group (COG), the worlds largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric and adolescent cancer research. As a COG member, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is the only Nevada entity with access to COGs more than 100 clinical trials.

 

The Keep It Local” campaign is designed to educate Nevadans about their donations to nonprofit organizations, and to encourage the public to support those fundraising efforts that keep funds collected in Nevada in our state to help Nevada’s children.

 

Prior to 2007 when Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was founded, it was not unusual for pediatric cancer patients in Southern Nevada to travel out of state for cancer treatment. This was especially difficult for families with limited incomes who often lack funds and transportation to travel out of state on a weekly or monthly basis.

 

Under the guidance of Chief Medical Officer Alan Ikeda, M.D., Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides treatment for pediatric cancer, rare and ultra rare diseases, blood disorders, bleeding and clotting disorders, genetic and rheumatology conditions and more. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has the largest number of board-certified pediatric hematology-oncology physicians in the state, and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is accredited by the Joint Commission which is considered the most stringent medical accreditation in the country.

 

While most patients at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation are covered by some type of medical insurance, the Charity Care Program ensures those families who are uninsured, underinsured or unable to pay for services also receive the same top-quality treatment. The Charity Care Program is funded through a number of generous donors, fundraising events and campaigns, as well as grants.

 

 

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

We are Nevadas only pediatric cancer treatment center and facility for childhood catastrophic diseases. Founded in Las Vegas in 2007 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to advance cures and prevention of pediatric cancer through clinical excellence, research and innovation. We are proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Our Charity Care Program provides the highest quality treatment for everyone, no matter their financial situation. No patient is turned away because of their familys inability to pay. www.cure4thekids.org

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and Vitalant Announce “Save a Vampire, Donate Blood” Drive Thursday, October 29, 2020

In partnership with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) will be on-site to collect blood for the needs of Southern Nevadans. Many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically reduced the available supply of blood in the region.

The impact of COVID-19 on the blood supply has resulted in the cancelation of hundreds of local blood drives. These cancellations will impact the national blood supply with loss of 27,000 blood donations by the end of this year.

The impact of COVID-19 on the blood supply affects our entire community including patients of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation who may require additional blood during their pediatric cancer treatment, including surgery, transfusions, or other medical procedures. 

All donors must wear a mask when donating. 

All donors who have a successful donation will receive a COVID-19 antibody test

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2020

TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89135. 
The Vitalant Bloodmobile will be located in front of the building located near Town Center Drive and the 215 Beltway. 

Ways to Donate:

By Appointment:
Make an appointment by calling: 877-258-4825  (877-25-VITAL)
Make an appointment online at bloodhero.com — enter code: Cure4Kids

Drop-in:
The Vitalant bloodmobile will be able to accommodate drop-in donors throughout the day. We ask that all donors remain patient when they arrive.

Blood Donor Requirements:

Must be at least 16 years old (16 and 17 year old much bring a signed permission form from parent/guardian)

  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Be in good general health
  • Eat within two hours prior to donation and drink plenty of water before donation
  • Bring photo ID

Do NOT donate if you had symptoms from a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the past four weeks, or have been in close contact with individuals diagnosed or suspected of COVID-19 infection

Blood donation facts:

*25 percent of the blood collected in Southern Nevada comes from high schools and college blood drives.
*Vitalant is seeking blood donors to make up for the shortfall of thousands of uncollected donations at canceled high school and college blood drives.
*As the pandemic continues, convalescent plasma donations are also needed now to help patients currently battling this disease.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and CCSD Announce New Learning Center for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has announced a first-of-its-kind educational partnership within the State of Nevada to help pediatric cancer patients – and others with catastrophic conditions – advance their educational progress while receiving life-saving treatments.

The Andre Agassi Foundation For Education Learning Center is located in the same building as Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. It will provide patients with direct access to a licensed Clark County School District (CCSD) teacher. CCSD educator Jennifer Morris along with a teacher’s aide will work throughout the school year to assist patients before and after clinic appointments.

Generous funding from the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education will cover the Learning Center’s build-out, operating costs, supplies, educational software and equipment and more.


”The Learning Center is something I’ve dreamed of providing to our patients for years, but we haven’t been in a position to offer it until now,” said Annette Logan-Parker, president and CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “Thankfully, some inspired individuals and groups have stepped forward to help us make this happen.”

Through its support of the Learning Center, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education continues its mission to improve the lives of underserved youth by providing educational opportunities.

“Cure 4 The Kids Foundation does an amazing job of caring for kids with pediatric cancer and other long-term illnesses,” said Julie Pippenger, COO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. “The move to add an educational and resource component to their list of priorities while caring for these young patients is just another example of the level of commitment and compassion Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has for these children and their families.  The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education is proud to be a founding partner and supporter of the Learning Center.”


As a CCSD educator, Morris will have access to CCSD curriculum and teaching materials and will offer a full range of educational and support services for Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patients and their families. All educational assistance offered during the Learning Center’s first semester will be provided virtually in recognition of COVID-19 guidelines. Even with those safeguards, Morris will provide virtual one-on-one tutoring, interactive lessons and activities, parental and patient support for the Canvas educational delivery program, and other general education needs.

“At a time when our children are facing so many challenges and hardships in their lives, their schooling shouldn’t be one of them,” said Jennifer Morris, CCSD educator. “Our goal in the Learning Center is to offer our students a balance of educational activities, supports, and a lot of fun so that when they are ready to resume their regular schooling, the transition is smooth and successful.”

Patients will schedule sessions in the Learning Center before or after their clinic visits, as well as during frequent chemotherapy infusions, which can take hours to complete. The Clark County School District is covering the cost of Morris’ salary during the school year“This learning center is an important step to ensure normalcy in the lives of our courageous children by providing them and their parents with access to an educator and other resources to assist with their specific education needs,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, “CCSD is proud to partner with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to support our brave students and their families going through this particularly challenging time.”

One of the principal advocates of the Learning Center is Ellen Bordinhao, a retired teacher who spent 33 years with CCSD. Her daughter, Janie, was a Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient and a teacher, who dreamed of having a position where she could work with children battling cancer. Through her daughter’s 20-month medical journey, Ellen saw firsthand the difficulty families faced addressing their child’s educational needs while also battling a devastating disease. Sadly, Janie passed away on January 15, 2019, but Ellen and her family are determined to have Janie’s legacy live on and benefit other patients. In honor of Janie, a portion of the Learning Center is named Janie’s Classroom.


“Our family is so grateful for the medical care Janie received at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation,” said Ellen Bordinhao. “It’s my job to pay it forward in memory of my beautiful daughter. I am honored to be doing this work.”

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education Learning Center is a vital benefit for children undergoing treatment for cancer and other long-term conditions. Pediatric patients are unable to attend class while in treatment because their immune systems are compromised, and a typical classroom environment could be life-threatening. As a result, patients often fall behind in their educational studies during the months and years of treatment.

Pictured L to R: Alan Ikeda, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation; Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara, Clark County School District; Ellen Bordinhao, Janie Strong Foundation; Steve Miller, President & CEO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education; Annette Logan-Parker, President & CEO, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Julie Pippenger, COO, Andre Agassi Foundation for Education

Our thanks to Zip Code Magazine for highlighting Annette’s vision!

FAMED ANTHROPOLOGIST MARGARET MEAD once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” That same pioneering spirit and determination lives in Annette Logan-Parker, who co-founded Cure 4 The Kids Foundation from an idea that was born out of a conversation over a lunch meeting. Although Logan-Parker had a long career in health care, it was her son’s catastrophic medical situation that opened her eyes to the fragmented care available to children
within the community. As a teenager, one of her two sons was in an accident that required multiple surgical interventions over a four-year period. “With my medical background, and ability to scrape together the funds needed for my son, he was able to get the treatment and care he needed. Ultimately it was research that saved his life,” said Logan-Parker. “The experience left a lasting impression on me. I saw that many other children did not receive the best care possible or didn’t have the resources that I had. I knew that the price of poverty should not be the death of a child.”

Since 2007, Cure 4 The Kids has treated over 60,000 children and young adults for cancer, rare and ultrarare diseases, bleeding disorders, sickle cell disease and rheumatologic conditions. Although starting the organization came from her personal experiences, helping people has always been a part of life for Logan-Parker. “When I was 15, I knew health care as my future, and I enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program. Eventually, I became a nurse, which allowed me to grow my career, but I grew up giving back to the community,” she said. “I remember helping my mother stuff envelopes for mailings on behalf of the American Cancer Society when I was very young.” 

Logan-Parker is also passionate about research, and since so many clinical trials over the years have led to new and better treatments, it is a cornerstone of Cure 4 The Kids. Through its affiliation with the Children’s Oncology Group, the Foundation has access to the more than 50 clinical trials underway right now. “Giving Southern Nevada children access to those trials is vital,” she said. “Our mission is also important—our Charity Care Program provides access to medical treatment whether patients are uninsured, underinsured or unable to pay for treatment.”

While Logan-Parker has accomplished much, she is most proud of the accreditation that Cure 4 The Kids Foundation earned from the Joint Commission.  “It’s considered the gold standard of accreditation for medical facilities in the United States.”

For residents of Southern Nevada, “wow” moments may come a little easier than in other parts of the country, but Logan-Parker’s friendship with Gwen Stefani probably rates as a pretty good “only in Vegas” story. Stefani supports Cure 4 The Kids Foundation by giving $1 from every ticket sold during her Las Vegas residency shows to the clinic.  Logan-Parker has accompanied several patients to Stefani’s concerts and has gone backstage for meet and greets. “She’s just a really good and normal person. She is so moved by the work we do at the clinic, and she’s visited us and has sent her own children to see what we do. The first time I met her, Gwen immediately said, ‘Oh Annette, you give me goosebumps! I’m so proud of what you do here.’ She then showed me–she really had goosebumps!”

This month Annette Logan-Parker will be busy with the annual Golf 4 Kids fundraiser taking place at Red Rock Country Club, but when she does have down time, she loves being home with family, researching new plant-based cooking recipes and having “Leona and Grandma Adventure Weekends” with her granddaughter. “I’ve never imagined a life that didn’t give back in some way. I’m proud of the work we do and also look forward to being a homebody.”

Project Imagine joins C4K to launch new Arts in Medicine Program

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K) is proud to announce it has joined with Diane Mifsud, founder of Project Imagine to create the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Arts in Medicine Program.

Mifsud has dedicated herself to enhancing the quality of life for children affected by pediatric cancer and other catastrophic conditions and diseases. Mifsud, along with a team of artists, works with patients to encourage artistic expression which helps to reduce anxiety and a feeling of powerlessness often accompanied by long-term illnesses.

Under the agreement, Mifsud will direct the Arts in Medicine Program and coordinate actives in the clinic and well as at Summerlin Hospital when C4K patients are admitted. She is also a member of the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Behavioral Health Team.

Read more in Nevada Business: https://www.nevadabusiness.com/2020/05/cure-4-the-kids-foundation-debuts-new-arts-in-medicine-program/

VegasNews.com: https://vegasnews.com/192621/cure-4-the-kids-foundation-debuts-new-arts-in-medicine-program.html

Criss Angel Donates $250,000 Worth of Food & Entertainment to Families in Need.

Thanks to an extremely generous donation organized by world-renowned magician Criss Angel and many other participants, more than 100 Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient families will receive a six to eight week supply of food, and tickets to a future Criss Angel MINDFREAK performance.

Unfortunately, many Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient families have lost jobs, lost health insurance and are relying on unemployment benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Angel, whose son receives cancer treatment at the clinic, wanted to provide these families with a secure and ample supply of food.

The entire donation is worth more than $250,000 and is the direct result of efforts and funding provided by Criss Angel, his Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, The CORE Group’s COREcares Foundation, SYSCO Foods, Caesars Entertainment, BASE Entertainment, Woodland Scenics and a host of dedicated volunteers.

The pre-selected families will receive the food boxes in two installments. Every Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient family will also have an opportunity to attend Angel’s MINDFREAK show once performances resume. Caesars Entertainment, Criss Angel and BASE Entertainment donated 1,000 tickets to upcoming performances.

Angel also plans to donate a custom-built, large scale model railroad which will be placed inside the clinic for patients to enjoy during clinic visits.

KSNV-TV, Channel 3 – https://news3lv.com/news/local/las-vegas-headliner-criss-angel-donates-250000-worth-of-food-to-families-in-need

KTNV-TV, Channel 13 – https://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/criss-angels-charity-helps-provide-meals-to-families-in-need

COVID-19 Statement

Dear Community,

In light of all that is happening in connection with COVID-19, I wanted to communicate with you directly.

We’ve taken immediate steps to protect the health of our patients, staff, and the community at large. These changes are the result of our constant communication with the Southern Nevada Health District as well as the Centers for Disease Control. Please understand, the safeguards we currently have in place may change in the future, based on the trajectory of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

At some point, our guidelines will require your assistance and participation.  We ask for your patience as we get through this together. At this time, our ultimate goal is keeping our patients, with compromised immune systems and other complicating factors, healthy and safe. Their health is everything to us, and it is our responsibility to protect them in this current environment.

To help prevent the transmission of the virus, we are enforcing a virtual working environment (work from home) for many of our team members and we have eliminated all visitor and guest activity in the facility.  We have established a mandatory screening center where everyone entering our facility; including employees, patients/parents, and vendors will be required to participate in the screening activities prior to entering the elevators that accesses our clinical environment.    

Finally, I want to strongly support the actions of our lawmakers for the steps they have taken to declare a state of emergency. This is an essential first step. I also want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the professionals in public health, EMS/first responders, and the many health care professionals keeping our local healthcare system intact.  The precautions listed above, will keep our healthcare professionals healthy so they can get us through this.

Annette Logan-Parker

President & CEO

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Event Exceeds Goal

The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry event on Valentine’s Day was a huge success, impacting the lives of 177 people who will benefit from the life-saving blood donations and many more who may find a bone marrow match.

A total of 59 units was collected by the Vitalant team, which translated into a 211 percent increase above the event’s goal.

Read more at NonprofitNews.Vegas

 

Calling All Golfers!

The 8th Annual Golf 4 The Kids Tournament is Monday, April 27, 2020 at Red Rock Country Club

LAS VEGAS – February 19, 2020 –  Golfers in Southern Nevada are invited to play a round of golf at one of the region’s premier golf courses while also helping to raise funds for Nevada’s children in need of specialized medical treatment, including cancer.

The 8th Annual Golf 4 The Kids Tournament is happening on Monday, April 27, 2020, and is limited to 144 golfers who will experience Red Rock Country Club’s private Mountain Course, designed by Arnold Palmer. The par-72 course, nestled alongside the breathtaking Red Rock Canyon, will offer attendees a world-class golfing experience that includes rugged desert and mountain terrain.

Golfers can register for the event by going online: bit.ly/G4TK2020, or by calling (702) 862-1168 or through email: events@cure4thekids.org. Individual golfers are $500 with foursomes priced at $1,500. Several tournament sponsorships are also available.

In addition to 18-hole play, attendees receive a drink ticket, lunch and entrance to the post-play reception and award ceremony.

Most importantly, tournament golfers are automatically supporting Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center which does not turn away patients for financial reasons. Golf 4 The Kids proceeds support the foundation’s Charity Care Program which assists families who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to pay for treatment. Since 2007, the Charity Care Program has helped in excess of 500 families get the treatment they need at Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

We are Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center and facility for childhood catastrophic diseases. Founded in Las Vegas in 2007 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to advance cures and prevention of childhood cancer through clinical excellence, research and innovation. We are proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Our Patient Care Program provides the highest quality treatment for everyone, no matter their financial situation. No patient is turned away because of their family’s inability to pay. www.cure4thekids.org

For additional information, please contact:

Mitch Truswell
Red 7 Communications
mitch@red7.vegas
702-531-4461

Mitch Truswell

Red 7 Communications

(702) 531-4461

(702) 489-2777

@MitchTruswell

@Red7Vegas

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry Event Exceeds Goal

LAS VEGAS  – February 18, 2020 – The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry event on Valentine’s Day was a huge success, impacting the lives of 177 people who will benefit from the life-saving blood donations and many more who may find a bone marrow match.

A total of 59 units was collected by the Vitalant team, which translated into a 211 percent increase above the event’s goal.

“This is a win for our entire community,” said Katherine Salkanovic, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Patient Experience Manager. “A blood shortage can affect any of us – including our patients – so increasing the blood supply will benefit all of us.”

Just as impressive, approximately 100 people joined the bone marrow registry at the event. 

Be The Match volunteers helped attendees become part of the registry through a simple mouth swab.  Should those registrants become a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant, they will be contacted by Be The Match.

Having an adequate blood supply and a diverse bone marrow registry benefits everyone, and also has a direct impact on the health of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patients. Recently, a patient had to be hospitalized for several days while awaiting the specific blood type they needed, which was not available locally.  Another Cure 4 The Kids Foundation patient will need a bone marrow transplant in the future and is seeking a matching donor.

Those who would you like to donate blood can do so by contacting Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) at bloodhero.com or 877-827-4376.

Additionally, Be The Match can send a mouth swab kit to anyone who would like to join the registry — details can be found at bethematch.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: A total of 59 units of blood was donated at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry event on Valentine’s Day. Those 59 units will impact the lives of 177 people in need of blood. Approximately, 100 people were also added to the bone marrow registry which assists those in need of a bone marrow transplant in finding a match donor.  Pictured: Jamey Felsing, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s director of IT and facilities, donates blood during the event on February 14, 2020.

About Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

We are Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center and facility for childhood catastrophic diseases. Founded in Las Vegas in 2007 as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit , Cure 4 The Kids Foundation exists to advance cures and prevention of childhood cancer through clinical excellence, research and innovation. We are proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. This stringent medical accreditation and the required unannounced inspections ensure that patients are getting the best care possible. From the beginning, the mission of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has been to bring increased community access to these specialized treatments that are leading the way to improved patient outcomes. Our Patient Care Program provides the highest quality treatment for everyone, no matter their financial situation. No patient is turned away because of their family’s inability to pay. www.cure4thekids.org

For additional information, please contact:

Mitch Truswell
Red 7 Communications
mitch@red7.vegas
702-531-4461