In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Midland and Odessa Kool Smiles dental offices donated $1,000 to Cook Children’s Specialty Clinic to support its Cancer Program operations.
“In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to express our gratitude to Cook Children’s Specialty Clinic and its Cancer Program for providing first-rate cancer care to children in our community,” said Dr. Lucian Narita, Area Dental Director for Kool Smiles. “We’re happy to help support life-saving care for children, now and beyond September.”
Childhood cancers make up less than one percent of all cancers diagnosed each year, but childhood cancer is the leading cause of death past infancy among children in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Cook Children’s Specialty Clinic and its Cancer Program provide first-rate, life-saving cancer care for children in the community and unwavering support for their families.
“We’re extremely appreciative to Kool Smiles for their generous donation to the clinic and the children in our community who are battling cancer,” said Julie Jolly, RN, Clinic Director for Cook Children’s Specialty Clinic. “We’re happy to count Kool Smiles as a community partner in our mission to provide collaborative, compassionate care to Midland children and their families.”
The donation included $750 to assist families with transportation to and from the clinic, along with $250 worth of games and puzzles for the waiting room. Representatives from Midland and Odessa Kool Smiles offices presented the donation to the Cancer Program’s oncology team on September 22.