Lift Brigade® supports children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diagnoses with distraction tools, advocacy and support aimed at making this difficult time as positive as possible for all involved …
Our programs align with hospital/clinic Child Life Services programs but are strongly influenced by our founder Lance White’s personal experience after being diagnosed with cancer in September of 2014. To learn more about Lance and how he selflessly used his Make-A-Wish® to start Lift brigade, please see About Us.
[from The Child Life Profession website] Infants, children and youth confront a wide variety of stressful and potentially traumatic events that can impact their ability to cope. These experiences related to healthcare can lead to feelings of fear, confusion, loss of control and isolation that can inhibit their development and have negative effects on their physical and emotional health and well-being.
Lance experienced this 1st hand and he witnessed other kids in stressful situations and he wanted to help.
Our programs are focused on:
Impact on treatment @ Dell Children’s
“Lift Brigade has been an amazing support to our clinic in lifting the spirits of our patients. The donations of game carts have helped bring joy to the faces of many kids while they have chemotherapy entering their body. Lance of all people knows the power of distraction. Through this foundation he has been able to share that gift with our families in a meaningful way. To many of us, video games are just an zone out but to our cancer patients it is a tool that empowers them to fight on. As I walk through the infusion area, I see kids just being kids with smiles.”
Puja G. Patel, PhD
Director of Therapy Services, Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Texas Child Study Center
Current efforts support:
– Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
– Children’s Blood and Cancer Center @ DCMC
– Doctor’s Hospital @ Renaissance (Edinburg, TX)
– Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer & Hematology Clinic(McAllen, TX)