Annually, NVCCF serves over 450 children and their families as well as over 950 adults touched by cancer living in Southern Nevada. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for critically ill children in Southern Nevada and for adults touched by cancer.
The foundation was created in 1993 by Dr. Ronald Oseas, the first child oncologist in Las Vegas, who identified the need for psycho-social services for ALL critically ill children and their families. He along with other caregivers went to work to create emotional, social, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs.
NVCCF has hosted Camp Cartwheel a summer camp at Torino Ranch for 200 critically ill children, their siblings, and children whose parents are diagnosed with cancer. This overnight and medically supervised outdoor camp experience provides hope, courage, and an escape from the ramifications of fighting disease.
NVCCF introduced the Education Services program and opened the first in-patient classroom in the state of Nevada located at Sunrise Children’s Hospital. The program, funded by the Brett Torino Foundation, has grown to provide education services as well as tutoring to over 175 children each year and hosts education services at Summerlin Hospital as well. NVCCF staff members work closely with the local school district to ensure continued education required by law for children who battle a daily fight against disease.
NVCCF became the official Nevada Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. NVCCF was the first to respond to the needs of sickle cell patients (90% African American and 10% Hispanic) and the only foundation providing all services for those diagnosed with immunologic diseases in the Las Vegas community. No services were offered to these populations prior the NVCCF’s involvement.
NVCCF announced the addition of a local foundation into its programs which provides health, wellness, and emotional support for adults diagnosed and touched by cancer along with their school age children and caregivers. The Caring Place Program serves as a complement to medical treatment by providing Reiki, reflexology, yoga, stress management, massage, wellness activities, support groups, counseling and various other services for adults diagnosed with cancer. In 2016, NVCCF also announced the addition of The ORION Cancer Grant which provides financial support for basic living needs to adults in cancer treatment and in financial crisis due to cancer.
NVCCF opened its new 16,000 square foot facility, The Britney Spears Campus, to accommodate the many services and programs for those who fight a daily battle against cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
NVCCF became an approved site for social work clinical internships by the Nevada State Board of Social Work Examiners for social workers (post-masters) to attain their clinical license for direct individual and family counseling. Additionally, NVCCF is a selected facility for student interns completing their practicum for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Master of Social Work program.
There are a number of volunteer opportunities for many events and programs.
Donations go toward improving the lives of those touched by cancer.