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.