Jacob’s Heart exists to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by supporting their families in the challenges they face. We provide emotional, practical, financial and peer support to hundreds of local children with cancer and thousands of their family members.
We envision a community where every child with a serious or life-threatening condition has a strong, supported and informed family empowered to fully participate in their care.
Caring for a medically fragile child is always rife with fear and uncertainty. Financial stress compounds when your child is seriously ill. Siblings are confused and scared. A simple trip to the grocery store is always a risk when caring for an immunocompromised child. Early in 2020, no one could have imagined the challenges that were about to befall the children and families we care for at Jacob’s Heart.
We seek support for our new laser-focused emergency relief plan to address the immediate physical and emotional needs of families of medically fragile children during the pandemic: safe housing, food, transportation to treatment and crisis counseling.
When neuro-oncologists tell you to create memories with your dying child, it makes all the difference in the world if you have the heartfelt friendship, experience, and financial, emotional and psychological support of a unique organization such as Jacob’s Heart. In our dreams they wouldn’t exist, in our shattered reality they are vital to the survival of kids, siblings, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends doing their best to endure the unfathomable.
Sara Moore, mother of Charlie Moore