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Support for your family


When faced with childhood cancer, you may need additional educational support. Below are resources to help you care for your child, teen or young adult when it comes to education. 

Assist with education needs

The Friends of Karen Family Support Program includes assistance with a wide range of issues that can overwhelm a family, such as insurance billing, changed family dynamics, and special educational needs.

Yale New Haven Hospital works with schools on an individual basis to set up necessary education accommodations and provide linkages to local tutors. 

Provide college scholarships

Circle of Care awards a Graduation Award scholarship to young adults who have undergone or are undergoing treatment for cancer, and are first time college students entering freshman year, accepted into a two or four year college, currently live in Connecticut, and are ages 17-23. 

The Dr. Eileen Gillan Honorary Scholarship at Connecticut Children's Hospital is a one-time scholarship of $2,500, awarded to one recipient each year. Additionally, two one-time $500 scholarships will be awarded to the runner-ups.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors provides up to $7,500 to cover tuition for virtual or in-person vocational, trade, two-year, or four-year undergraduate education for one year. Your future is now, and we want to support your dreams.

The Susan Fund awards college scholarships to Fairfield Country students who have been diagnosed with cancer, and are planning to attend or are attending an accredited post high school institution of higher learning.

School advocacy

Connecticut Children's psychosocial team offers patient, sibling and family support services and includes psychologists, social workers, child life specialists and a resource specialist. Whether helping you find the information you need, providing coping strategies, ongoing therapy or introducing you to a network of support, our staff and services are available to help.  Our cancer support services include School advocacy. 

Education and Nutrition resources

Circle of Care's The Purple Pages is an up-to-date resource guide that provides families with trusted, current information from the day of diagnosis to life after cancer, and everything in between, from people who have been there before.