OKC Cancer Center To Bring Toys To Children Battling Cancer
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City cancer treatment facility partners with a program to bring toys to children battling cancer.
ProCure Proton Therapy in OKC teamed up with the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF) program and together will provide the donated toys to pediatric cancer patients to make them feel better during and after their treatments.
"We are very excited to have access to donated toys that we can offer to our pediatric patients to make their treatment experience more enjoyable," said Vickie Weigel, patient advocacy manager at ProCure. "We so appreciate the foundation for thinking of our youngest patients and making this program a reality for our center."
The toys are donated by private and corporate donors. The treatment centers that sponsor the program pays for the shipment of toys to their individual facilities. ProCure in OKC is the 45th center to sponsor the program, which operates in 16 states.
"I feel blessed to have the support of my board of directors with the launch of our 45th Treasure Chest program in Oklahoma City in memory of my father and sister," said Colleen Kisel, founder and CEO of POTCF. "They were big proponents of the Treasure Chest Foundation, and I know they are with me every day."
Kisel found the organization in 1996 after her 7-year-old son Martin was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. She said that giving her son a toy after each procedure provided him a calming distraction from his pain. Her son has been in remission for 20 years.