Nemours Children’s Health Receives $2M Donation for Cancer Center Renovation – Action News Jax


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nemours Children’s Health received a $2 million donation to fund renovations at its Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. It was also the public luncheon of their “Hand in Hand” fundraising campaign. Nemours Children’s Health said a better experience at their facilities will lead to better outcomes in treatment and care.

Better experiences with better outcomes, that is the goal of Nemours Morris children’s health patients and their families. A hospital launched a hands-on campaign to raise money for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Rhett Fischer carries his favorite mythical creature, a dragon.


“It’s mostly a dragon. I left the mask at home,” Rhett said.

His spirit and enthusiasm are as one, despite everything he’s been through in recent years. Rhett has been battling a brain tumor since Christmas Eve 2019. His family moved to Jacksonville from DC to receive treatment. His mother, Ashley Fischer, said they just accepted the trip.

“We live life like Rhett will make it to 18 and we live life like Rhett won’t make it 18. So we say yes to everything,” said Fischer.

Pediatric Patients Nemours Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is growing. dr Larry Moss is President and CEO of Nemours Children’s Health.

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“The number of oncology patients treated at Nemours has doubled in the last 10 years. In the last year alone we have seen more than 2300 children in our center. At any given time we have over 200 children with cancer on active treatment protocols.”

To meet the demand for child care and support services, Nemours launched a Hand in Hand fundraiser to raise funds for the renovation of its cancer center. Helping out is THE PLAYERS Championship with a $2 million donation and a pledge to match dollar for dollar all funds raised in support

“Our children in this area deserve this level of treatment,” said Jared Rice, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS Championship.

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“It allows us to treat children with the world-class care we already provide in an environment that will now be world-class,” said Dr. moss “Light, views and beautiful spaces and a truly healing environment. Science tells us that this actually makes a difference in how patients are doing.

For the Fischer family, a better healing room could lead to better outcomes

“Having an environment where you can feel better makes you feel better. It’s better psychologically and emotionally,” said John Fischer, Rhett’s father. “It will help the kids heal faster.”

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