Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer is a devastating blow to children and their families. Fortunately, pediatric cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 20 years, and many childhood cancers have treatments, cures and the likelihood of a long, healthy life after treatment. Sadly, though, there are certain cancers for which a cure … More Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices

Families facing a terminal prognosis for their child are faced with an impossible choice: to continue treatments—grasping at any hope for a cure even when those treatments cause their own pain and devastation, or give up hope for a cure and focus on comfort care and pain management. Nothing can take away the agony of … More Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices

Child Life Month

Child life specialists are pediatric health care professionals who work with children and families to help them cope with the challenges of illness and disability, whether their own or a loved one’s. Gilchrist’s child life specialist, Beth Kreyling, defines herself as, “a teacher, a playmate, an explorer, a support when it gets scary, and interpreter for when it’s … More Child Life Month

Gilchrist helps make the best of an unimaginable situation

To continue our celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we asked one of our Gilchrist Kids families if they would tell us what our care means to them. Here is what Marci Scher, mother of Gilchrist Kids patient Ian said: It took us a while to decide to bring Gilchrist into our home, … More Gilchrist helps make the best of an unimaginable situation

Looking ahead

There’s so much to do…and so little time.  Happy 2013!  It feels like yesterday that we were buying and storing bottled water, working with our IT colleagues and praying that our computer systems would be able to handle the changing of a century.  To think that 13 years have already passed is mind-boggling.  At Gilchrist … More Looking ahead

Memories will be made and past ones honored

Sadly, Gilchrist Hospice Care lost three of its most ardent supporters over the past year and a half, Pat and Art Modell and Bill Pitcher.  These three individuals were devoted advocates of Gilchrist and the founding Chairs of the Holly Ball, so it only seems fitting that this year’s Holly Ball be held in their memory.  … More Memories will be made and past ones honored

The Simple Things

The night we learned my cousin David would not survive his cancer diagnosis, I don’t recall the words the doctor said. What I do remember is the doctor’s soft voice, the gentleness of his tone, the warmth of his grasp. The nurse bringing all of us refreshing cups of ice water to hydrate us after … More The Simple Things