Why We Help
Due to our personal experience of having a child with cancer we understand these families face loss of income and family displacement for weeks, months, sometimes years. There is increased financial need and stress due to child’s illness and treatment. The Anna Schindler Foundation works to advocate for these families during their crisis.
What We Do
We assist every family that has a child diagnosed in the area. Each family receives meal cards while inpatient at the hospital. We endeavor to defray travel, grocery, medical, living and even burial expenses that is incurred because of a sick child. Our goal is to lighten the load for every childhood cancer family.
It started as a dream of the Anna Schindler Foundation to provide temporary housing, Anna’s Homes, for pediatric oncology families who are from outlying areas but must stay in Spokane for treatment. With the help of the community, Anna’s Homes has become a reality and provides out-of-town childhood cancer families with a “home away from home” during their treatment at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. See the journey here.
In the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer daily. Cancer remains to be the number one cause for death by disease in America. In 2017, 44 families heard the words “your child has cancer” in the Inland Northwest. As a community, it is our duty to be aware of this epidemic and make a difference.
Anna Schindler was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer) on January 27, 2010. She underwent chemotherapy, and on May 5 skilled surgeons removed 70% of her liver that contained a large tumor. Pathology reports came back that Anna had hepatoblastoma and yolk sac cancer. 1 in 1 million children suffer from hepatoblastoma – even rarer is a child with both.
Continue Anna’s story on her CaringBridge website.
IRONMAN for Anna
In 2014, Dr. Tom deTar raised close to $27,000 for the Anna Schindler Foundation in his successful bid to complete the 2014 IRONMAN CDA. He blew past all expectations and his dedication and charity have already helped the Foundation carry out its mission of supporting kids with cancer.
Since then, 36 athletes have competed in Ironman for Anna, raising close to $80,000 to support childhood cancer families in the Inland Northwest. Will you join us next year? Contact us to learn how to get involved!