The Get Heeled 5K was founded by a local organization known as The Pink Pacers. The Pink Pacers designed this event with a mission of creating a a meaningful experience where the community comes together and truly makes a difference in the lives of families affected by cancer. Since 2011, The Get Heeled has raised over $170,000 and was been awarded the Best 5K in the Triangle by Endurance Magazine. 100% of the money raised through registration, donations and fundraising is given directly to UNC Lineberger's Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic specifically for Family Support Services.
Beneficiary Information: UNC’s pediatric oncology clinic was designed with specific input from pediatric oncology division chief, Dr. Stuart Gold, his staff, patients and families to provide a soothing environment and support for patients and families going through cancer diagnosis and treatment. The waiting area includes soft furniture, protecting little people from accidental bumps, an electronic interactive game on the floor provides waiting patients and their siblings with distraction, and the waiting areas have a wide variety of books donated by the Book Fairy program, as well as games and other distractions.
Support services in the clinic are provided primarily through private donations. These include play therapy and occupational therapy in the Mary Claire Satterly playroom, computers with access to games and online communities for kids with cancer, dedicated tvs and game consoles in the infusion area, and nutrition including snacks, drinks and lunches for patients and families during days where they need to spend a long time in the clinic for infusion or other procedures. The clinic has a permanent space for the accredited hospital school so children never have to miss class. Translation services are provided for families with Spanish as their primary language. Pediatric patients and families also have all of the resources of the comprehensive cancer support program including pediatric and family counseling, cancer information services, referrals to community services, art therapy and other special programs.
As the state’s only public comprehensive cancer center, UNC Lineberger’s ability to provide these services is dependent on the support of many community organizations and partners who, like the Pink Pacers, want to make a difference for cancer patients and families.
Family Support Services: Support Services are essential services provided to children with cancer, their siblings and parents beyond their standard medical care to provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support. Some of these services include:
- Play and Occupational Therapy
- Computers with games and computer access
- In-hospital school
- Pediatric and family counseling
- Art Therapy
- Cancer information services
- Spanish Interpreter
- Gas and gift cards