Children's Cancer Network is an Arizona-based, 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the needs of Arizona's children and families dealing with childhood cancer. Established in 2004, this 90 percent volunteer organization is continually growing to reach more families during these stressful and uncertain times.
The organization grew from Jenny Luttrell's vision to make a difference to those families dealing with cancer. While Jenny was visiting her brother, Jeff, in the hospital during his bone marrow transplant to treat his cancer, the young girl in the next room passed away. The little girl's family was at her bedside to say their goodbyes. Shortly after her passing, it was discovered that the family did not have money to put gas in their car to return home to Phoenix. This was an eye-opening experience for Jenny, then a high school freshman. The vision of Children's Cancer Network was born that day and the entire Luttrell family is involved in the organization.
At Children's Cancer Network, 83 cents of every dollar raised goes toward mission-related programs. Striving to reach families in need at significant points throughout their cancer treatment, Children's Cancer Network Programs are designed to meet the highest priority needs of these families, including:
- Admission Bags providing resources and comfort for children and families upon initial diagnosis
- Gas & Food Card Programs for families in treatment experiencing financial need
- Adopt-a-Family programs: "Holiday Surprises," "Back to School," and a program providing beds and linens for those families experiencing financial crisis
- Patient and Family Education and Survivorship Conferences addressing the learning needs of children, teens, young adults, siblings, and parents affected by childhood cancer
- Scholarship Programs for childhood cancer survivors or their family members
- It's All About You Health and Wellness Program for children, teens, parents, and siblings affected by childhood cancer
- HOPE (Honoring Our Peers Everyday) school outreach program empowering students to make a difference with their peers who may be battling cancer
- Support activities for children, teens, young adults, parents and siblings affected by childhood cancer
- Research and Advocacy for children and families battling childhood cancer