Summer 2019
Upcoming Events

Fishing Rodeo 2019
Our fishing rodeo will be held at Optimist Acres on July 21, 2019 from 9:00-1:00.
598 Foster Mill Road
Spartanburg, SC 29374
email Shannon to sign up!
Save the Date for Christmas 2019!
Spartanburg -Dec. 7th
Raleigh - Dec. 8th
Both parties are from 12-2. More details to come.
Dear CCP Family,
Summer is in full swing here at Children’s Cancer Partners. We kicked off summer with our annual Camp Victory Family Weekend May 31-June 2 nd. We so enjoyed spending the weekend with those of you who attended and are already counting down the days to next year’s camp. 

Hopefully you have all had time to relax a little and enjoy the summer. Please know we are here for your family on this journey. If there is anything we can do to support you, don’t hesitate to let us know. Take a look at what we’ve been up to! We hope to see you at one of our events soon.  


Shannon Brown , MSW, LISW-CP

Director of Family Programs
Thanks to our partnership with United Way of the Piedmont, CCP participates in a Gift in Kind program, so we are able to get toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, paper products, etc. for our families.
Be sure to email our office or let your family advocate know if you are in need so we can assist you with basic household items!
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Your family, and the entire CCP “family of families” are a PROUD GROUP– standing together, fighting a terrible disease that is difficult to understand.

Let’s FEEL our PRIDE. The pride that flows watching our brave Superheroes battle so hard every day – the pride we feel when we come together at our Holiday Parties, at Family Nights, at CAMP VICTORY.

Let’s SHOW our PRIDE. Wear the gold ribbon of Childhood Cancer Awareness everywhere you go – a simple snippet of gold ribbon and a pin becomes your badge of pride – just “itching” for someone to ask “what’s that?” And then you tell them:

  • It’s for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
  • It’s the #1 disease killer of children in America.
  • Very few places treat childhood cancer.
  • The burdens of treatment travel/lodging/meals are enormous.
  • I can connect you with a LOT more information.
  • You can help by supporting CCP!
Let’s EXERCISE our PRIDE. Invite your local school(s) – the one your Superhero goes to, or did before cancer treatment, or will when old enough – to host a Kidz in Lids® event so ALL the students and teachers there can help spread the word, and help our Superheroes get to treatment. See how easy it is by clicking here.
Thank you, CCP Families, for your courage, your friendship and for being so very proud of your Superhero. Let’s make September OUR MONTH, so everyone sees and feels our PRIDE!

Laura Allen

Executive Director
Mr. Tom, our founder, with Paige, the creator of Kidz in Lids, and Laura Allen, Executive Director of CCP.
If you're interested in helping raise awareness for childhood cancer and helping CCP gather funds to help all of our families in the process, please get in touch with us about starting a Kidz in Lids day at your school!

Kidz in Lids mobilizes students to show concern for other local youth facing a life or death struggle with cancer. It's simple- kids bring a dollar and get to wear their favorite hat the entire school day. All funds support CCP.

Contact Marisa to get signed up!

Be sure to like us on Facebook and
follow us on Instagram!
Sponsored in part by:
Family Advocate News
Welcome Kerry Blome!
We're delighted to welcome a new family advocate, Kerry Blome. Kerry is a licensed clinical social worker and has twenty years of experience at hospitals in Texas and Massachussets. We're excited to have her join CCP and look forward to you all meeting Kerry over the next few months.
Congratulations Blake Stafford-Gomez!
Blake and Albert welcomed Ivan James on May 30! Ivan weighed 7lb 12oz and was 20.5" long. Mommy and baby are both doing well. We look forward to Blake's return on August 14th.
Family Outings
Surprised by Love
We were feeling pretty lucky during this St. Patrick's day themed bowling family night in Myrtle Beach! Thank you to Ut Uyen VanHoogen, Sue and Lou Kinkle, and so many others for creating such a fun night for our children!
Celebrate Freedom Foundation
Many superheroes and families came from near and far to enjoy an amazing day in Columbia touring airplanes, meeting policemen and checking out their cars, and even watching parachuters! Gen. John Lenti and the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, and Stefanie and Kevin Poyck hosted the event, along with Childhood Cancer Optimist Club members.
Burger Cook-Off 2019
We loved having you join us for the 6th Annual Burger Cook-Off! A fun day was had by all sampling burgers, eating sweet treats, getting our faces painted, and bouncing on inflatables.
Be sure to mark your calendar for next year!
April 18, 2020
Presented by:
Meet the Family Advocates
Carla Fowler- Family Advocate Manager
Blake Stafford-Gomez- Family Advocate
Blake will be out of office with her new baby until August 14!
Tom Russell- Family Advocate

Meet Kerry Blome, our newest
Family Advocate!

We're proud to welcome our first family advocate volunteers! Sue and Lou Kinkle are helping in the Myrtle Beach area. If you know someone who might want to help us reach out to families, please let us know!
When you travel to treatment, be sure to keep all your receipts for parking and meals, and turn them in with your appointment confirmation form so we can be sure to reimburse you promptly.

Thank you!

Make sure you are familiar with our NEW reimbursement policy. Click here to view it. Effective June 2019.
Camp Victory Fun!
We had such a wonderful time at YMCA Camp Greenville together! We canoed, made s'mores, and spent time relaxing in the mountains. If you didn't get to come this year, we hope we'll see you at Camp Victory 2020!
Click here to view a video from our Camp Victory weekend,
and here for our photo gallery!
CCP Day at Hope Remains Ranch
Camp Victory didn't end with our overnight family weekend! We continued with a family day at Hope Remains Youth Ranch. Hanging out with the horses was such a fun time!
Medicaid Transportation
In North and South Carolina, you can receive free non-emergency medical transportation through Medicaid for appointments and treatments?
Here's a list of the number you will call depending on your South Carolina county.
In North Carolina, call your county Department of Social Services or your local 211 by dialing 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 for more information.
More information on 2-1-1
You can contact 2-1-1, a state-wide resource hotline brought to you by United Way, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find resources and services to help with food, clothing, housing, childcare, financial assistance and much more.

2-1-1 in South Carolina
1-866-892-9211 or dial 2-1-1 from a SC phone

2-1-1 in North Carolina
1-888-892-1162 or dial 2-1-1 from a NC phone
Staycation this Summer!
Check out these fun and free attractions in your area this summer!

Perfect for younger kids and rainy days, Greystone Recreation Center houses an indoor playground and jungle gym.

Enjoy 55 acres of beautiful gardens with free admission. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at the Terrace Cafe!

Get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Southern Appalachians for a small fee (even less if you're from Buncombe County)!

Greenville, NC: Captain Jack's Mini Golf
For rainy days, what's better than a game of indoor mini golf? Even better, every game comes with free popcorn!

With free admission, the museum has a Best Friend of Charleston train replica and is open daily from 9-4.

Columbia: City Splashpads
Columbia's Parks and Rec department has splashpads and other water fun around the city. Check out the link above for a park near you!
Greenville, SC: Free Outdoor Movies
Check out one of the movies playing at a park near you this summer!
Charlotte: ImaginOn
ImaginOn is a state-of-the-art partnership between Charlotte's libraries and Children's theatre. This library has two theatres, a loft for 10-18 year olds, an interactive exhibit, and plenty of books. Click the link to visit their website and view their summer storytime schedule.

These fun ideas will make any day at home feel like summer camp:
  • Play a different "old-fashioned" game each day, like Twister, Monopoly, or ring toss.
  • Plan a different craft for each day. Here are 100 ideas.
  • Create a treasure hunt. Here's some tips on how to get started.
If you're a parent or caregiver, don't forget to join our family group on Facebook to stay connected!

Go to "Groups" on the left hand side of the official Children's Cancer Partners page and request to join!
There will be a password to join, the word is SUPPORT .

Make sure to also follow our Instagram and Facebook !
Self Care Space
As we move into warmer months, how can we refresh our body, mind and home to get a fresh perspective for the new season? Here are some easy ways to do your mind and body some good!
Take a walk . This allows some quite time to distress and unplug from technology so you can recharge.
Listen to music . Listening to music you like can help you relax, improve your mood, reduce stress and help with concentration. Try listening to music when performing tasks that you find less enjoyable, like cleaning, for an instant mood boost and to help pass the time. Sing along for an even better stress reliever!   
Laugh . Laughter can distract you from negative emotions, connect you with others, and provide instant relaxation.  Try it! Even a fake smile can make you feel happier. 
Change your self-talk.  We are often our own worst critics and fill our heads with a lot of negativity. Try to talk to yourself the way you would talk to a friend. We can often be much gentler and kinder to others than to ourselves. Thinking in a more positive way can improve our mood.

Write.  Put pen to paper to clear the clutter in your mind. You can write your goals for the day, a list of things you are grateful for in that moment, or simply whatever comes to mind throughout the day. Writing about the thoughts and feelings of a stressful event and possible solutions can help you problem solve and cope with the situation.

Art.  Drawing, coloring, or working on an art project can be a great way to clear your mind. Focusing on the task provides a great distraction from your worries. 

Cleaning!  Cleaning is not only good for your home, it is also good for your body and mind. Cleaning is exercise and gets you moving. Studies have shown that decluttering your home can improve concentration by removing distractions. Cleaning also rids your home of allergens and pollutants, which can improve air quality and prevent allergy symptoms.