The overall survival rate for many forms of childhood cancer is about 82 percent. That is a huge advancement from just 20 or 30 years ago. Of course, some particular cancers have a higher survival rate, others are lower.
What has become increasingly important among those who treat childhood cancer is what happens after the child ends their treatment. Often the chemotherapy, radiation or surgery that can save their life, can cause side effects as these children age and become adults. The Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors was created to help educate families and patients about any possible future risks from their treatment. It is the only clinic of its kind in Nevada specifically focused on the health needs and concerns of childhood cancer survivors.
Because the LTFU clinic is a program of Cure 4 the Kids Foundation, patients are seen by medical staff regardless if they have medical insurance coverage, or can pay for treatment. To help provide these services, the foundation has a number of fundraisers throughout the year. The Mad Hatter Tea Party is being held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Palms Lounge of the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
A limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased online for $130 before March 31, 2016, at survivor.auction-bid.org. Tickets purchased in April are $150. Donors who would like to sponsor a childhood cancer survivor to attend the tea party can receive additional information by calling Dawn Marie Pavuk at 702-732-0952.
Along with extravagant offerings of bottomless mimosas, tea, cakes, petit fours, sandwiches and other treats, guests will be entertained by roving characters. In addition to a silent auction, talented balloon artist Tawney Bubbles will design a number of outrageous balloon tea hats for purchase. All donated funds will go toward the Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors.