Claire’s Army helps families battling childhood cancer by partnering with support professionals at Novant Health: Hemby Children’s Hospital

  • Child Life specialists are trained professionals with experience in helping children and their families overcome a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Claire’s Army communicates with these specialists to help meet families’ needs as they arise through the treatment process.
  • Social Workers interview the parents to gain a comprehensive understanding of their social and economic standing, such as: parents’ current employment status, available health insurance, local extended family support and proximity of the home to the hospital.  The social worker notifies Claire’s Army of any needs that fall into our organization’s capabilities.


CLAIRE PACKAGES – Every new family facing a childhood cancer diagnosis at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital and Levine Children’s Hospital will receive a Claire Package to make their hospital stay more comfortable. This useful utility tote will contain essentials such as towels, a bath mat, room disinfectant, plastic utensils, dishwashing liquid, a journal, etc. Each of these costs about $150 to prepare.

MEAL PROGRAM – With the generous support of local restaurants and amazing volunteers, we deliver made-to-order meals to every pediatric oncology family staying at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital – 4 nights per week.  This not only offsets a financial burden for parents but removes another to-do from the long list and fosters family time.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE – We pay bills on behalf of families who are suffering financially due to rigorous treatment schedules.  These include but are not limited to mortgage/rent payments, utilities, travel needs, and care insurance.  In many cases, one or both parents must stop working to care for their sick child and we hope to eliminate as much stress as possible for these families.

Disclaimer: Claire’s Army does not accept direct requests for assistance.  In an effort to be good stewards of the resources our donors have entrusted to us, Claire’s Army works through hospital oncology social workers and affiliated professionals, who are in the best position to determine eligibility and need on a case by case basis. At this time, Claire’s Army is primarily focused on pediatric cancer families receiving treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby’s Children Hospital, where Claire was treated.





P. O. Box 78571
Charlotte, NC 28271






1 day ago

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Thank you Dilworth Grille - for your support of the Claire's Army meal program since 2015! The pediatric oncology patients and families at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital are thankful for the many dinners 🥗🍔🥨🍕🥣🍝you have provided over the years. We appreciate your ongoing support! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

Claire's Army

Upcoming Blood Drive - please help save local lives by donating blood at the Socrates Academy drive on Thursday November 1st - their National Junior Honor Society is working hard with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas to recruit at least 50 donors! If you are anywhere near South Charlotte on 11/1, take 30 minutes to give blood - to sign up - sponsor code: 51101-32848
Vince Sumner, Rebecca Palmer, Taylor Harris, Kevin Williams,Sarah Smith
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3 days ago

Claire's Army

Best Buddies - 7 years ago this photo was taken of these 3 musketeers, Sarah Crawley, Claire, and Mercede's Story. It was Claire's last round of chemo before we made the trip to Philadelphia for tumor resection and other therapies. They had only met 5 months earlier, but these two previous girls loved Claire like a sister. We miss you and love you so much Claire and Cede. 💖 ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

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Biden Cancer Summit 2018 - via invitation from Family Reach, Claire's Army was given the opportunity to attend the Biden Cancer Initiative Summit in Washington D.C. last month. It was an incredible opportunity to hear MANY of the ways our community and country are stepping up to fight this terrible disease. We are thankful for all of those (scientists, clinicians, physicians, nurses, philanthropists, etc.) who chose this career path so that our children have a
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5 days ago

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Hospital Haircuts - ask any parent about the moment they are forced to cut or shave the hair of their child with cancer. It evokes so many emotions and signifies the realness of the diagnosis. Thank goodness that Claire's Army met Tiara of If The Crown Fits - who will make the trip to the hospital to handle any haircare 💇‍♀️needs for our pediatric oncology patients. Tiara possesses the compassion and professionalism to walk into a traumatic situation and handle it with grace and love. 💗 Thank you Tiara for taking care of our special children. Consider her for your children's haircuts at home - the Ratliff family and many others do! ... See MoreSee Less

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