The Ronald McDonald House Chattanooga allows the families of cancer patients to have a place to stay during the treatment of their loved ones. It provides a home away from home and alleviates one financial burden. Additionally, the Ronald McDonald House Chattanooga provides free medical care to children in need in the area. Inside the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, the Ronald McDonald Family Room provides a place for patients and family to relax and feel at ease after a long day, or month, of treatment. For more information visit www.mhchattanooga.com
The Austin Hatcher Foundation is a local organization that provides services to children with cancer as well as their families. Some of their services include Diversionary Therapy, Psycho-Oncology, and Healthy Lifestyle Education. Amy Jo Osborn, founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, radiates with a passion for helping others. She does anything and everything to help cancer patients and their families. To learn more visit www.hatcherfoundation.org.
The Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation is a local non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 to raise awareness about colon cancer in the area. Through awareness, access, and advocacy, the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation hopes to help decrease colon cancer in the area. For more information visit www.gcccf.org.
The Pink Heals Chattanooga Area Chapter brings love and good spirits to cancer patients and survivors via shiny pink firetrucks and police cruisers. The group of firefighters don pink fire suits to raise cancer awareness and raise spirits. Those behind the cause are selfless and passionate, doing whatever they can to help cancer patients and survivors. To learn more visit www.pinkhealschatt.org/.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric cancer and disease center that offers programs, treatment, and support to clinical research and prevention. With a primary center in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude’s efforts are directed at understanding the molecular bases of diseases in children and finding a cure for them. While St. Jude services patients globally, the number of St. Jude patient families in the Chattanooga area merits local campaign support and recognition. To learn more visit www.stjude.org.
The American Cancer Society of Chattanooga offers programs and services to help patients manage cancer treatment and recovery, while also providing emotional support. Additionally, they fund major cancer research initiatives that find answers and new approaches to fighting cancer. Locally, cancer patients can receive a ride to and from their treatment and women can take classes on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. For more information visit www.cancer.org.