Ultimate Compassion

A cancer diagnosis instantly stops the world from turning. Now imagine that diagnosis is for a child. And now imagine the child does not win their battle. A family is left with empty arms, broken hearts, a gaping void, and the knowledge that life can never—will never—be totally complete again. It becomes an immediate fear that the memory of that son or daughter will begin to fade. There is the glaring reality of a broken family chain that will never be fully in tact again.

P.U.N.T.’s bereavement efforts center around an annual “Remembrance Weekend” retreat. This powerful three day retreat provides families with hope and healing through a mix of therapeutic and social opportunities to acquire tools for coping, supporting one another, and honoring the memory and life of their deceased loved one.

Remembrance Weekend is planned and executed with the guidance and expertise of the psychosocial teams at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Essential Care for Kids/Hospice Buffalo. For more information on Remembrance Weekend, please contact Lindsay Spalti at lindsay@puntpediatriccancer.org.

Ultimate Compassion Program Partners

Make a Difference in the Lives of Families Affected by Pediatric Cancer

The P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative is a public charity that relies entirely on individual donations and sponsorships to provide critical support and programs for WNY families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Costs of Cancer

There are almost always hidden costs and challenges associated with a pediatric cancer diagnosis that may not be apparent from the outside looking in. One parent often stops working to help facilitate treatment and an income is instantly gone or wanes. Bills pile up quickly; nearly half of families facing pediatric cancer end up filing for medical bankruptcy.