Providing resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.

The effects of childhood disease are not only devastating and destructive to the child but take an enormous toll on the entire family. The parents, the siblings and the entire extended family are ravaged in some way by the disease. The daily struggle to maintain some sense of normalcy while coping with the child’s illness presents challenges which are incomprehensible to most people.

The Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC) is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC’s mission is to provide families facing these challenges with support and resources that are not available elsewhere.

The CBC was formed in 1980 by a small group of resilient parents whose children were treated at the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Over the years, the CBC has been shaped by parents whose lives have been forever changed by their child’s life-threatening diagnosis and by a quiet band of volunteers dedicated to giving something back to humanity.

Today, the CBC helps hundreds of area children and their families. The group provides resources for treatment, care, social services and basic family necessities. The CBC remains true to the founding parents’ objectives: improving medical care and the quality of life for the children.

Individuals come from across the tri-state region to work as CBC volunteers. They come from all walks of life to help where help is needed.

The reasons for joining CBC are as varied as the individuals involved. Some personally experience the tragedy of a sick child. Others join the CBC because they are thankful for their good fortune and want to help others facing the daunting challenge of a sick child.

They donate their time or invest in a sponsorship or advertisement at one of our fund raising events. They work independently promoting the CBC at the office for United Way Donor Options. They volunteer at one of the events or parties for the children.

CBC involvement is flexible and volunteers can tailor their commitment to their lifestyle and resources. If you are interested in helping these children and their families and becoming a friend of CBC, please email the CBC at

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