Each year, nearly 100 First Coast children are diagnosed with cancer, changing their lives forever. Attorney Dan Iracki is committed to helping these local children and their families through his work on the Board of Directors and the fundraising committee of the local nonprofit organization, CHILD Cancer Fund (CCF).
The CHILD Cancer Fund was founded in 1994 to assist children and their families through the challenges of a childhood cancer diagnosis and treatment. The nonprofit was established by a group of Jacksonville parents whose children were receiving treatment for cancer at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Clinic.
Dan has served on the Board of Directors for three years and says it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
“At the most trying and difficult moments that these families are facing, they have emotional, educational and financial support because CCF exists. That’s what it’s about. It is giving these families a sense of normalcy and comfort,” Dan said.
The nonprofit funds the Child Life Specialist at Nemours Children’s Clinic, an integral position for helping kids get through a truly devastating time. It also helps families with financial assistance, providing gas cards, help with household bills and other expenses that insurance may not cover.
CCF holds numerous events throughout the year including the Josh Scobee CHILD Cancer Fund Golf Tournament in the spring and a “Grape Escape” wine-tasting event in the fall. 95% of donations raised directly benefit local children.
In addition, they sponsor a family retreat weekend at Camp Boggy Creek each year. The camp provides seriously ill children and their families with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance.
“It is an honor to be part of this organization. We support kids and families, walking side by side with them during their journey and that’s really important,” Dan said.
For more information about how you can help these children and families, please visit childcancerfund.org.