CHEERS, a recreation program offered to adolescent oncology patients at LPCH is part of the Child and Family Life program at the hospital. CHEERS is a unifying concept which seeks to support normal development, provide a balance in living experiences and serves to minimize the psychosocial trauma of facing a life threatening illness
The CHEERS program provides safe outlets outside of the hospital setting where patients can encourage each other and just be teens and young adults participating in fun events planned through the CHEERS Program.
The foundation provides patients and their families at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford with outings, which acts as a diversion from the patients stress and medical treatment. The foundation funds the program where the outings include, a Golden State Warriors game, a SF Giants game, our annual “Girl’s Day Out,” a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, an exciting two-day whitewater rafting trip on the American River, and our “Guy’s Day on the Bay” event to watch the Blue Angels practice for Fleet Week.
The variety of events provide a wonderful and unique experience for every participant; through the outings, the patients are able to be carefree and have fun, feeling both pampered and special, and sometimes even challenged and proud.