So many local charities do integral work in our community, and the need to support them is even greater during the tough times of this pandemic.

We have been spotlighting charities during this emergency, so you know about their important work and how you can support them during difficult times. Today we focus on Childhood Leukemia Foundation.

Their mission is to "promote patient education, advocacy, self-esteem and most of all – smiles. All programs are free of charge, and available to any pediatric cancer patient living in the continental United States.Each program has been specifically designed to help meet the emotional and educational needs of these very special children", according to their website.

Their programs include...

The Hope Binder... The binder provides families with an organizational tool to help keep track and prioritizing medical information and costs associated with the treatment of their child.

Hugs U Wear...The program provides 100% human hair, custom-made wigs to children suffering from a loss of self-esteem due to treatment induced hair loss.

Wish Baskets...the baskets deliver a cheerful surprise to hospitalized children facing cancer. Each Wish basket contains many gift items purposely selected to help improve and maintain necessary skills sets needed for continued development. Every item challenges, engages, comforts, and offers recreation during and after the many lengthy hospital stays associated with cancer treatment.

Keeping Kids Connected...this great program gifts iPads to children and hospitals to help young cancer patients to remain connected to family, friends and school while receiving treatment. In addition, the iPads are a very useful tool to help divert the child’s attention during stressful, lengthy or painful procedures.

Here's how you can help CLF make a difference in the lives of these amazing kids. Just make a donation, and know you have helped them make that difference.

I am proud to serve on the Childhood Leukemia Foundation's board of directors. They are located on Mantoloking Rd. in Brick. Please help if you can, and thank you in advance.

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