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Published on December 01, 2015

Billings Clinic launches “Let Your Love Glow” campaign

Billings, MT— This holiday season, Billings Clinic is asking the community to “Let your love glow” for pediatric cancer patients to help raise $250,000 for plans to construct a new Pediatric Infusion Center dedicated to the care of pediatric patients requiring outpatient intravenous infusions for the treatment of their disease or illness. The Center will also house the pediatric oncology and hematology care team, whose pediatric patients are the primary users of the Infusion Center.

People can donate to “Let your love glow” for Billings Clinic’s pediatric cancer patients and those with other serious illnesses by texting BCGLOW to 71777 or visiting www.billingsclinic.com/glow. People who donate $25 or more will receive a glowing reindeer nose in the mail. They are then encouraged to snap a selfie, post it on their social media profiles with the hashtag #letyourloveglow and encourage their friends to make a donation and join in the fun. The goal is to raise $250,000 in 25 days. The total cost of the project is estimated at $500,000.

Advances in the treatment of a wide range of childhood diseases and illnesses is creating a greater demand for outpatient infusion therapy, and this demand is anticipated to only increase in the future. During active treatment phases, children can require frequent infusion therapy lasting anywhere from one to eight hours per treatment. Children with cancer can be in active treatment for up to three years, and children with rare blood or other immune system disorders can require life-long treatments critical to sustaining their life and well-being. 

Located within the outpatient pediatric department, the current infusion area is comprised of two converted exam rooms and one true infusion room. Only one of the three treatment rooms includes a window; the other two rooms are not only windowless, but also inadequate in size, measuring only 95 square feet. Since many families travel to Billings for their child’s treatment, they often need to bring their other children, creating even greater space limitations.

The new Pediatric Infusion Center will be located in space adjacent to the Pediatric Diabetes and Specialty Medicine Clinic. This space was created with the recent expansion of the Family Birth Center. Approximately 1650 square feet in size, it is almost double the size of the current infusion area. All infusion rooms will have large exterior windows to maximize daylight exposure. The new Pediatric Infusion Center will also double the number of patients able to be treated at one time.

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