Young cancer survivors in South Florida are soaring thanks to support provided by the KITE Center at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. Housed inside of St. Mary’s Medical Center, the KITE Center (Knowing the Importance of Treatment Effects), is a first-of-its-kind outpatient program dedicated to helping children who have completed two or more years of cancer therapy.
The center uses the latest research to provide personalized care to every pediatric cancer survivor. It is the area’s only member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
Served by a dietitian, nurse, doctor and social worker, the KITE Center offers children customized diet plans, important information about post-cancer treatment, respiratory therapy, monitoring for late-term cancer treatment effects and regular support groups.
The center was co-founded by 2013 Tenet Hero Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Prokop, RN. The program is personal for Mary, as she changed careers from interior design to nursing after being inspired by the exceptional cancer care her daughter received at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. She now works closely with those who help saved her child’s life.
“We started this program to help childhood cancer survivors live their best life possible,” said Mary, Program Coordinator for the KITE Center. “It’s making a difference in the community, helping them understand they have a resource here to ensure they’re getting the best quality care and the follow up that’s needed for childhood cancer survivors.”