Wayne and Catherine Laska, the prinicipals of Storybook Homes, know a lot about the “late-effects” of childhood cancer treatment. They know because one of their sons is a childhood cancer survivor. As a young boy, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer as the result of a Wilms Tumor. Although the prognosis was not good at the time, he survived and for that the family is thankful.
Several years after treatment ended, they discovered late-effects caused some changes in their son’s behavior. For years they looked for answers but didn’t always find them. That is one of the reasons the Laska family made a large donation to the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors, a part of the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada. The clinic is specifically focused on the needs of cancer survivors and making sure survivors understand any health risks that could occur as a result of their treatments. The clinic also provides survivors –through annual visits– a way to monitor their overall health.
The $500,000 donation will help support the mission of the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic to provide survivors with the tools and knowledge to help them live a healthy life.
Listen to Catherine and Wayne Laska talk about why they made the donation: