“Your child has cancer” are four gut-wrenching words no parent ever wants to hear. For many in the Badger State, those words are inextricably linked to vital medical services provided at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW), which cares for two-thirds of the state’s young cancer patients each year. With the number of children needing life-saving bone marrow transplants expected to rise, CHW desperately needed additional – and extremely costly – treatment technology. As they so often do, Lions Clubs International
Foundation (LCIF) and caring, compassionate Lions stepped in, providing funding and hope to families in times of utter darkness and doubt.
With a US$100,000 Matching grant from LCIF and funds raised locally, the hospital purchased equipment that gives children a better chance to enjoy healthier tomorrows and long, productive lives. CHW’s capacity to treat young cancer patients also expanded with the new equipment. Now, an additional 150 children, and their families, have hope for the future. “LCIF has helped change children’s futures,” said Lion Sri Vasudevan, district chair for childhood cancer. “We’re profoundly grateful to our foundation.”