Childhood Leukemia Foundation's "Keeping Kids Connected" program was designed to allow young cancer patients to remain connected to family, friends and school while actively receiving treatment. In these difficult economic times, CLF is donating iPads, PC's and/or laptops that can be utilized and enjoyed by multiple patients for a variety of uses.
The hospitals utilize the iPads in a variety of ways, the most common uses have been, conducting video tours of radiation and surgical units, providing distraction with games and apps to lessen anxiety and discomfort during procedures, maintaining an open line of communication with family and friends and most compelling, legacy building, an end of life gift for parents, siblings, family and friends.
One of the unique features of the iPad is "Face Time". This application enables patients in isolation within the hospital to forge friendships and alleviate each other's boredom. The PC's and laptops are an extension of the Keeping Kids Connected program intended to help children keep pace with their academics and attend virtual school if it is available in their area. Education should not be an additional cost of cancer.