Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, one of the country’s best nonprofits to work for has announced the creation of a community advisory council to provide input and guidance on several aspects of the foundation’s operation, including fundraising, program development and patient experience.
This is the first time Cure 4 The Kids Foundation has created an advisory council. The organization is seeking additional council members who have a desire to support the community in which they live, have strong business network relationships, and want to strengthen the organization’s ability to provide treatment to those affected by life-threatening conditions.
Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is the region’s only specialized outpatient medical clinic providing treatment to childhood cancer patients and those affected by rare and ultra-rare conditions, sickle cell disease, inherited bleeding disorders, as well as rheumatology and genetic conditions. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation provides medical treatment to patients with or without medical insurance and regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. No patient is ever turned away from treatment for financial reasons.
In announcing the community advisory council, the organization also identified its first three members, including:
Catherine Laska is one of the founding board members of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. She is also the parent of a childhood cancer survivor. As owners of StoryBook Homes, Catherine and Wayne Laska are strong advocates for services that help childhood cancer survivors understand and live with the “late-effects” of cancer treatments. Their support helped lead to the creation of the StoryBook Homes Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic for childhood cancer survivors – a program of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.
Creecy Underwood began her volunteer work with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation as venue events manager for the organization’s largest fundraiser, Circus Couture, and has been instrumental in the event’s success over many years. Ultimately, her involvement in Circus Couture and her support of the clinic’s mission prompted Creecy to expand her role by joining the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation board of directors, where she served a five-year term. As an advisory council member, Creecy will continue to advocate, assist and advise on behalf of Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the important and unduplicated services it provides our community.
Shawn Nason, the founder and CEO of the Nason Group, is on a mission to disrupt the status quo in healthcare by designing and launching game-changing ideas that create revolutionary patient and family-centered experiences. Through his work with Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, he amplifies the voices of everyone involved in the healthcare journey including the children, their families, and the healthcare providers that walk alongside them on their journey. Prior to founding the Nason Group, Shawn led innovation for Xavier University and Humana and was an imagineer with the Walt Disney Company.
In April, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation received the 2019 Best Nonprofits To Work For designation from the Best Companies Group. Ranked at #23 among the Top 50 nonprofits nationwide, the award is based on a number of factors including Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s ability to create and maintain workplace excellence, as well as employee surveys —covering eight categories— that showed 90 percent positive survey responses.
In 2018, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation and was ranked #2608 in the magazine’s prestigious “Inc. 5,000.”