We walk with you from the beginning to the end and beyond. Our C.U.R.E. Bereavement Support Group is available to parents and family members who have lost a child to cancer. We also offer assistance in other ways including financial help for funerals and ceremonies celebrating the lives of loved ones lost.

Parent Advocate Program

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The heart of C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer Association is its Parent Advocate program. Certainly, C.U.R.E.’s outreach efforts, fundraising activities, research initiatives, and educational liaison efforts are all crucial to the organization’s mission of helping pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients. It’s the Parent Advocates, however, who are in the trenches, providing support of every stripe to family members as they voyage through treatment and beyond. 

First established in the mid-1980s, the Parent Advocate program is ever-evolving to address the needs of patients and parents. Its latest effort, the C.U.R.E. Book Club, provides another way for family members to socialize and to shake off the stress, at least for a little while.

If you have a suggestion for an activity or service that you’d like to see offered by the Parent Advocate program, let us know! Please send suggestions to adella.ivison@curekidscancer.com or speak to any Parent Advocate or other volunteer.


Other Ways We Help

Funeral Assistance: Upon the referral of the social worker in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at Golisano Children’s Hospital, C.U.R.E. offers a $500 grant to each family who loses a child to cancer or chronic blood disorder. At C.U.R.E., we understand that families may financially struggle to pay for after life services and we want to ensure we do what we can to help these families.

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Bereavement Support Group: A support group for parents and family members who have lost a child to cancer is led by parent volunteers and co-facilitated by one of our parent advocates, this is a place where parents may talk openly about the loss of their child and receive peer to peer support. All support group meeting times and places will be posted on the C.U.R.E.’s calendar. For more information about the parent support groups please email us at staff@curekidscancer.com.

Bereavement Meetings are held at C.U.R.E. from 7-8:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Reservations are not necessary. Extended family and friends are welcome.

Upcoming Dates:
October 2, 2019
November 6, 2019
December 4, 2019


C.U.R.E. Resource Library furnished by the John F. Wegman Fund

C.U.R.E. is home to many books and resources that are free for our families to use. We have books available for families to take home and read, some to keep and some to borrow. Every family who experiences a loss is sent “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss” by Pat Schwiebert. Additionally, we have multiple copies of “Life After the Death of My Son: What I’m Learning” by Dennis L. Apple in addition to many others.


The Julie Roberts Children Memorial Garden at C.U.R.E.

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Established in 2003 at the C.U.R.E. office, the garden is a memorial to the children who died of cancer or blood disorders. Bricks inscribed with the names of children who are never forgotten line the walkway. These bricks are provided by C.U.R.E. to our families who have lost a child.

Brick Laying Ceremony
Every Spring, parents, family and friends are invited to a special ceremony to remember and celebrate the precious lives of children lost during the calendar year as we place their memorial bricks in the Julie Roberts Memorial Garden.

The Conrow Family

The Conrow Family lost their daughter and sister in 2015. C.U.R.E. was there to provide guidance, companionship, and support.

JUST SHARING OUR STORIES, LETTING THEM KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE. AND NONE OF THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT C.U.R.E.
— Liz Conrow

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