Together with the patient’s medical team, our family services team addresses the needs of the whole family for the best possible patient experience. The programs below are all ways we can distract and support our patients and their families.

Beads of Courage
The program helps our patients in the Division of Hematology and Oncology string together beads that provide something tangible to use to tell their unique stories during treatment. It also gives patients a sense of ownership over their experience as well as recognition of the courage displayed in each visit a child makes to the hospital for treatment. Learn more about Beads of Courage.

While we love receiving toys, there are other areas of need where your contribution will make a difference. We really appreciate gift certificate donations that we can use to purchase enabling devices and toys. For a full list of the items we’d like the most, please see our wish list. Learn more about making a donation.

Education Program
A stay at the hospital can take kids away from many of their daily activities, including school. To help make sure children don’t lose ground in school while they’re being treated, we offer an education program for all of our patients and their siblings, free of charge. Learn more about our education program.

Get Well Network
An interactive patient care system, which lets the hospital connect with each patient at a one-on-one level. The system is accessible from the televisions in every inpatient room, in the Kenneth & Anne Griffin Emergency Care Center, in outpatient waiting rooms, as well as in the pre-surgery and post-surgery areas. Learn more about the Get Well Network.

Lurie Children’s is dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families. The Heartlight Program expands the mission of the hospital by addressing the needs of families facing loss. Learn more about Heartlight.

We provide support, information and specialty services to help children with disabilities participate in the full range of family life. Learn more about Lekotek.

ParentWISE was formed to help give parents access to support and guidance from a parent with a child previously in a similar situation. Learn more about ParentWISE.

Our patients and former patients find comfort in talking with people who have been in their shoes. PeerWISE is a way for patients and former patients over 18 to mentor adolescents and teens, and sometimes even their parents, as they go through the treatment process.Learn more about PeerWISE.

Project D.O.C.C.
Project D.O.C.C. (Delivery of Chronic Care) is a program designed to bring residents into the homes and lives of chronically ill patients. This hands-on experience lets residents see how treatment affects not only the lives of patients, but of their entire families. Learn more about Project D.O.C.C.

Childhood cancer survivors have the right to expect an organized, systematic and comprehensive follow-up program, one that addresses both the physiologic and psychosocial effects of their treatment — which is the focus of the STAR program at Lurie Children’s and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Learn more about STAR.

Skylight TV
Skylight TV is the hospital’s own closed circuit, interactive television station. In addition to many other special presentations, we broadcast four live shows weekly to patient’s rooms on channel one. Learn more about Skylight TV.

Snow City Arts
Snow City Arts is an award-winning, independent nonprofit organization that educates and inspires children in hospitals through the arts. We visit Lurie Children’s five days a week to address children’s developmental and educational needs through the arts. Learn more about Snow City Arts.