Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (CCP), formerly The Children’s Security Blanket, was recently selected to receive a Program Excellence Award from the United Way of the Piedmont for its work in supporting children battling cancer in Cherokee County. The awards are given to the agency whose program ranked the highest in each of the United Way’s priority areas: education, financial stability, and health.
CCP is the recipient of a three-year grant administered through the United Way of the Piedmont, which invests in programs and initiatives that are creating real impact in local communities. Awards are presented to agency grantees after a careful, volunteer-led selection process.
Receiving the recognition from the United Way of the Piedmont comes at the end of a year of dramatic expansion for CCP. Started in 2001, CCP grew from a project of the Spartanburg Breakfast Optimist Club. The organization first existed to help families in Spartanburg County, SC but has now expanded its reach to encompass families throughout all of North and South Carolina.
Children are referred to CCP by social workers at their pediatric oncology treatment centers. After identifying specific needs, CCP continues to partner with them until the child reaches the age of 21. The nonprofit provides food, transportation and lodging for families who often have to travel to obtain the lifesaving treatment their children need.
“We recently changed the name of our organization to express clearly our service to the entire Carolinas, where over 600 new pediatric cancer diagnoses are made each year,” explained Allen. “Our mission remains the same – getting all children to lifesaving cancer treatment regardless of family circumstances.”
The mission of Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas is to provide comprehensive support and loving compassion to families whose children are battling cancer to improve their overall quality of life. The organization serves children and families throughout SC and NC. www.childrenscancerpartners.org
Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (CCP) recently received a Program Excellence award from the United Way of the Piedmont for earning the highest ranking in one of the agency’s three priority areas, health. Present at the award presentation were (L-R): Paige Stephenson, CEO of United Way of the Piedmont (UWP); Tammy Bright, Cherokee County Relationship Manager; Laura Allen, CCP Executive Director; Sheila Ingle, CCP Board Chairperson; and Cierra Fowler, UWP Campaign Director.