Health Navigator

Guiding Your Pediatric Cancer Journey

We Are Here to Help You Throughout Your Pediatric Cancer Journey

The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) annually engages hundreds of families via our awareness and development programs. Many of these patients seek critical information related to their disease management. Although most hospitals provide a liaison for these patients, families stress the need for an external opinion and information.  The NPCF is here to provide key information based on science. This program is a key bridge between the science and education that NPCF provides via its mission.   

Meet NPCF’s Health Navigator

My name is Kelly and I began my career as a Registered nurse in 2013. The time I’ve spent working in critical care settings has fostered my passion to help others and advocate for the best possible care for my patients.

Like many of you who are reading this, I too am a caregiver to a child who was diagnosed with cancer. After a week of vomiting, followed by a sudden loss of consciousness, my daughter Riley was diagnosed with cancer at 10 months old.  I am very grateful to share that Riley has been classified as No Evidence of Disease (NED) after several surgeries and multiple rounds of treatment. Having lived this experience, I understand the heartache, despair, and frustration that comes with the diagnosis of childhood cancer.

Although this journey can be daunting, I want you to know that you will NOT have to navigate it alone. As your Healthcare Navigator, I am here to help you understand your child’s diagnosis, provide education, and assist you in finding the various resources and treatment options that are available. To further provide hope and support, I can connect you to families within the childhood cancer community who have experienced the same or similar diagnosis. It is my honor to work as your Healthcare Navigator with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and I look forward to helping you.

About the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Since 1991, the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) has been dedicated to funding clinical trials by collaborating with a network of more than 20 cutting-edge hospitals across the nation to fast-track less toxic and more targeted treatments to end childhood cancer. The NPCF has received a perfect 100% score for financial health and transparency and is recognized as the top-rated cancer charity in the U.S. by Charity Navigator.

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Why Is This Important?

  • More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors have significant health-related issues because of the current treatment options.
  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children worldwide.
  • Each day, 43 kids in the US are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.
  • The NPCF created and governs a collaborative research model focusing on translational studies and phase 0, 1, and 2 clinical trials addressing all types of pediatric cancers.
  • We leverage collaboration, both scientific and philanthropic, to identify promising, less toxic, novel therapies to treat and eliminate childhood cancer.
  • Through our partnerships, top pediatric cancer specialists are able to collaborate, resulting in the fast-tracking of new treatment options into clinical trials.
  • NPCF’s research is affecting treatment protocols worldwide and giving hope to patients and families.

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