Friday, March 21, 2008

The Real HEROES for Children

(Photo courtesy of Brett Chisholm Photography)
When I was a middle school teacher, people often commented, "I don't know how you do what you do." Of course, they were referring to the drama of working with adolescents, that strange age of 12-14 year olds. One day they liked chocolate ice cream, the next day they hated it. I would chuckle and tell them that it truly wasn't so bad. They were fun, in their own way.

However, I have often thought this same thought when it comes to the medical social workers I have encountered in my job with Heroes for Children. How do they do it? I don't know how they do what they do. How do they work with some of the sickest children in our country each and every day? How do they interact with the parents with the compassion that always seem to come across in their voice? They must be angels. Or possibly heroes. Yes, that must be it. They are heroes.

Did you know that March is National Social Work month? I didn't know that before I got in this career. But I sure do now! One of the joys of my job each day is the daily interaction with the hospital social workers. Check out our ladies at the top of this page (our models--social workers from Texas Children's Hospital--Mital, Bonnie, Arlene, and Jennifer--love these ladies!). When they enter a patient room, they provide so much more then the forms for financial assistance or resources for cancer patients. They bring hope, understanding, and comfort to these families during their darkest times.

I get calls from social workers every day to discuss what we can do for a patient. They champion for their patients and the parents to make sure that those in need receive the resources they deserve through the various community resources available (HFC being one of those). They work tirelessly for their families and treat them all with love and compassion.

They are the real heroes for children. And I am a better person for knowing the many social workers at all the hospitals we work with.

Heroes for Children is honored to work with the social workers at the following hospitals:
  • Medical City Children's Hospital of Dallas
  • Children's Medical Center of Dallas
  • Cook Children's Medical Center of Ft. Worth
  • Christus Santa Rosa Hospital of San Antonio
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center of Houston
  • Texas Children's Cancer Center of Houston

Thank you, ladies. I'm honored to know you all.


Anonymous said...

Social workers rock!!!!

haylie said...

I just want to say thank you to the social workers & heros for children. My neighbor a 6 yr old girl was just diagnosed with AML and just under went a bone marrow transplant yesterday. When I talked to her mom, she had already been referred to Heros by her social worker at Cooks. It is good to know that while I have no way of helping that others out there are. I followed Allie through her battle and am praying for Stacie now.

Alyson & Ford said...

Social workers are great! There are many at the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (provides foster, residential, crisis care, adoptions, and all the associated services with children in crisis). I praise them every time I visit the home.

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Sudipta Das said...

on this issue I am fully agree with you. but If we want to combat against a dreadful disease like cancer we need a comprehensive knowledge of the cancer symptoms that can lead to the infliction of the disease which would help us to nullify its consequences at the elementary level.

thank you

sudipta das