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CALENDAR – PROJECT A.R.K. (Aids & Resources for Kids)

Professional Services Flyer

Program Flyer

Project A.R.K. (Aids and Resources for Kids) encompasses NVCCF’s social services and programs for pediatric patients, their siblings, and their caregivers.

Being diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness is a traumatic experience for a child as well as for parents and siblings.  Treatments to fight  cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, renal disease, hemophilia and immunologic diseases may contribute to psychological and physical challenges for children who fight a daily battle against disease as well as for survivors of disease and their family members.

If your child is diagnosed with a life-threatening or critical illness and they, or family members, are experiencing one or more of these issues, please contact NVCCF to learn more:

Fear Memory Loss
Anxiety Inability to Concentrate
Anger Poor or Declining School Grades
Physical or Emotional Overreactions Depression
Behavior Changes Irritability

Please call NVCCF at 702.735.8434 to find out more about the implications of living with a childhood chronic illness and how we may help.


Engelstad Family Foundation Gifting Program – Based upon review, emergency funding is provided to families, in financial crisis due to diagnosis, needing support for housing, utility payments, transportation, food, and basic living essentials.

Camp Cartwheel – This overnight and medically supervised summer camp has become one of the largest camps in the western United
States and offers five days of outdoor activities at no cost to critically ill children and their siblings ages 5 to 17.

SEEK Teen Retreat – The teen retreat is an annual event which creates an environment for self-reflection, personal growth, team
building, and enhances self-esteem for teen patients and their siblings.

Champions Run for Life & Ribbon Run:  A Danny Gans Memorial Event – This annual event gives the community, friends and family the opportunity to individually honor and recognize courageous children who fight illnesses daily and those who have won their battle against disease.

Covered in Love Memorial Project – Under the guidance of NVCCF social work staff and with the help of local seamstresses, families who experience the loss of a child will have an opportunity to have a lap quilt custom made from some of the child’s clothing as a means of preserving and honoring a child’s beautiful spirit.

Family Tailgate Day – Like Field Day at school, only better!  What better way to enjoy Springtime temperatures with family and friends than a good old-fashioned tailgate party with games, food and more.

Brett Torino Foundation Education Services – Named after its donor, this program gives children the opportunity a program, that
gives children the opportunity to continue their education while in treatment and recovery and includes direct, bedside, and classroom
instruction by the NVCCF full time teacher. In addition, the program named for its donor, offers educational assessment to identify areas
of need and advocacy to provide support and facilitate school meetings:
• Lean on Me: Kidz Supporting Kidz – Shane and Valerie, our
large puppets mastered by volunteers, visit area schools educating
classmates and teachers regarding the challenges of a life
threatening or chronic illness that their ill classmate faces each day.
• Back to School In Style – School supplies, new school clothes,
and a special lunch highlight the first day back in the classroom
after missing 30 days or more of school due to illness.
• Tutoring – Private and group tutoring is provided for all ill
children and their siblings who need extra help with school work
due to diagnosis and its ramifications.
• Brett Torino Foundation Classroom– NVCCF created the first inpatient
classroom in the state of Nevada. Facilitated and operated
by NVCCF, the in-patient classroom is located at Sunrise Children’s
Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit and provides children, grades
kindergarten through 12th, with direct instruction from an NVCCF
teacher in a classroom setting. NVCCF also provides education
services at other area hospitals.
• C.A.P.S. Ceremony – The Annual C.A.P.S. Ceremony celebrates
students who have shown Courage, Achievement, Perseverance,
and Success in education. This memorable event includes a
presentation of honors and awards highlighting special
achievements as well as a celebration with students, families,
teachers, tutors and participants.

Jim Bell Transportation Program – NCCF provides support for patient transportation to and from doctor appointments, treatments,
and hospital visits. These services are based upon need after review by a patient service professional.

Counseling – Counseling services are provided by licensed therapists to all children, siblings and family members. These services include
individual, family and group interventions.

SEEK Teen Group – Led by a licensed MSW, this group meeting facilitates social support, communication and other social skills and
aims to reduce isolation for teens and siblings ages 13-18 that have been diagnosed with critical illness.

Kool Kidz Workshop 2nd & 4th Saturdays – Childhood illness impacts every family member, therefore, workshops are held each
month, and are overseen by a licensed professional. Each group consists of discussions and activities and provides emotional support
and teaches expression in a positive manner.  Attendees include critically ill children, their siblings and children whose parents have cancer.

Family Food Pantry – The shelves of this room are stocked with donated groceries and day to day basic living needs and toiletries for
families in financial crisis who need immediate support. Families in need will be invited to shop “at no cost” take home non-perishable
food items and more. NVCCF accepts non-perishable donations year round.

Giving Space – The Giving Space is a favorite of every pediatric patient and their siblings. With each visit by a patient to NVCCF,
comes a visit to The Giving Space filled with school supplies, new toys, hats, blankets, books, arts & craft items, nail polish and make up
for teens and more.

Holiday Adopt-A-Family – Each year, NVCCF identifies families in need during the holiday season. NVCCF provides a structured way for
individuals, companies, and businesses to purchase and donate gifts to a family with an ill child. Donors may stay anonymous or be active
in delivering gifts to families.

The Caring Place – NVCCF’s adult services program offering healing arts and wellness services to adults touched by cancer also provides
special classes such as yoga, reflexology, and more for critically ill children and their caregivers.

Mom’s Day Out & Dad’s Day Off – Parents who need a little extra tender loving care are invited for an exclusive day out which includes
pampering, meals, and plenty of surprises along the way including limousine transportation and gift bags for those who participate.

Sperm Banking – Licensed Social Workers assess families and help facilitate sperm banking prior to starting treatment.  NVCCF facilitates the banking and storage free of charge to families for the initial two years.

EMDR THERAPY – As of 2020, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy will be offered.  This unique form of psychotherapy is designed to diminish negative feelings associated with the trauma of diagnosis and loss and includes hand motion techniques used by a licensed therapist to guide a client’s eye movements.