We are a Christian based organization and with Gods guidance we help
childhood cancer families during a very difficult time. In 2003, we started as a small support group under a different name. It was realized then that for these families time was precious, and when
they were not in the hospital, their priority was trying to maintain normal lives. Our founder, a pediatric nurse who was also the mother of a child with leukemia, discovered that these families
often need money for extra expenses incurred as a result of treatment. Therefore we decided to take a different approach to the term support group and started on a new path.
We did not become a nonprofit organization until 2008, changing our name to Panhandle Angels Foundation and then also received our 501(c)3
All of the money that we raise goes directly to our families. Our organization is run by volunteers only. This helps keep our
administrative costs low. We depend on word of mouth to avoid the cost of advertisement.
How we help our families:
- rent/house payment up to twice a year (but there are special exceptions)
- out of town travel assistance
- and unforseen expenses
- Scholarships to Cancer Survivors for first semester of College treated in the Panhandle
We also partner with Texas Tech and other organizations to put on a Christmas party. Our families are invited for lunch, and Santa Claus
bestows presents upon each cancer child as well as all of their brothers and sisters (the parents tell us their wish). The families are entertained by a group of volunteers based on a new theme
each year while they spend an afternoon just enjoying each other and forgetting about their illnesses for a brief time. It is such a blessing to be able to see these children interacting with each
other like any normal group of children, with excitement and laughter, and to see their parents relaxing and smiling.