Hematology-Oncology Events & Programs
Gallery of Hope
The "Gallery of Hope" is an annual art auction fundraiser held by the American Childhood Cancer Organization of Arkansas. Auction items include pieces from local artists, creations by Arkansas Children's Hospital cancer patients, jewelry, pottery and photography.
The CureSearch Walk is an annual event held to celebrate children treated at Arkansas Children's Hospital who have been affected by pediatric cancer. The goal of the walk is to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and raise funds for cancer research. Community members can start a team, join an existing team or donate money to a team of their choice. The event includes prizes, music, food and fun activities for the entire family. Of every dollar raised at the CureSearch Walk, $0.94 is invested in the Children's Oncology Group (COG) for research and clinical trials. The COG in turn provides ACH with clinical trials that benefit the children of Arkansas. Additional information is available at curesearchwalk.org/littlerock.
Beads of Courage™
Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization that focuses on therapeutic healing through arts. Children's hospitals use the Beads of Courage program to help kids understand and have control over their journey to defeat cancer. For each milestone in their cancer treatment, children are awarded a special bead - white for a course of chemo, brown for hair loss, silver for IV pokes and more. The most prized bead is the Purple Heart, which recognizes the end of their treatment. They string these beads together into long chains that tell their story. Arkansas Children's Hospital was one of 10 pediatric medical centers in the nation invited to participate in the national challenge for kids to design the next bead. The program is available in 90 children's hospitals in the U.S., New Zealand and Japan.
The ACH Hematology/Oncology department holds an annual Memorial Service to remember the children we have cared for who passed away the previous year. The event is held the Sunday before Thanksgiving on the Arkansas Children's Hospital campus.