Clement's Kindness Fund for the Children was established at the Community Foundation of Greenville to address the medical, psychological, social, emotional and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders. Since 2002, Clement's Kindness has provided help to hundreds of families, each in a unique way and specific to the individual needs of the family. Clement's Kindness has also provided over $1 Million dollars to the BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center and Bon Secours St. Francis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care Center (AYA) for various programs and to build and/or update areas at the hospital and at Camp Courage.
Some of the programs Clement's Kindness funds and support include:
Financial Assistance for families
Clement's Kindness helps families in financial need with monthly bills, travel expenses for treatment, groceries and more. In addition, funds are available for special needs and requests made by the families.
Special Outings for patients and their families
There are many outings and events planned for patients and their families throughout the year. A few favorites include our annual trip to Carowinds (12 and under), Clemson Football events, Greenville Drive game, Holiday events and our special events specifically for the teen patients. All events require registration via our Facebook page.
Camp Courage creates an unforgettable recreational and education experience for children and teens living with cancer or other blood disorders and being treated at the BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center. Camp Courage is held at Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center. Clement's Kindness provided funding to build 6 cabins and an onsite infirmary, the Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center.
Clement's Kindness has provided facility upgrades at the BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center and the Bon Secours St. Francis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care Center to benefit the families we serve. In addition, Clement's Kindness provides support for many programs and services provided at the BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center.
SIP - School Intervention Program
The School Intervention Program provides assistance and guidance for patients and parents who are unfamiliar with available school services. In addition to the coordination of services, a school visit is offered to help administrators, teachers, school nurses and counselors understand the medical and psychosocial needs of the patient and to establish communication between the school and the medical staff. SIP also provides neurocognitive testing which assesses for problems with learning, skills, memory, attention, language skills, visual motor abilities, mood and behavior, and is used to provide a comprehensive picture of how a child functions and learns. The results are used to provide recommendations for the student.
STAR Bereavement - Someone To Always Remember
The STAR program is a monthly support group for families who have lost a loved one. The monthly meeting is led by Reverend Patrick Jinks and includes a meal and guest speaker program.
Cancer Survivors Park
Clement's Kindness provided funds for the Clement's Kindness Children's Garden, in honor of Dr. William F. Schmidt III. This park provides hope and healing for children of all ages.