The principals of StoryBook Homes, Wayne and Catherine Laska, know quite a bit about childhood cancer. Their son, Collin, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ Tumor as a child. Despite Collin’s stage four diagnosis, he survived. As the Laska family would learn, there were few resources to help educate patients and families about what are called the “late effects” of childhood cancer treatments.
Their journey for answers over many years encouraged them to underwrite the StoryBook Homes Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors. The clinic’s mission is to educate patients about the possible side-effects of their specific cancer treatments and to encourage patients about the importance of monitoring their health as they grow older. Each patient that visits the clinic is provided with a binder that highlights the specific cancer treatments they underwent, as well as the possible side effects that could occur from those treatments. This binder is meant to be shared with any future medical provider no matter where the patient may relocate. The StoryBook Homes Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors is available to any childhood cancer survivor no matter where they received their treatment.