Children's Specialty Clinic of Nevada

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Updated: 12/19/2012 5:42 pm

Reno, Nev. (KRNV &

There Is a new children's clinic in reno that provides care and treatment to some of our sickest children. 
It is called the Children's Specialty Center of Nevada

News Four recently found out the clinic is not only dedicated to healing bodies, but hearts too. 
They are typical children, what is not typical is the battle that they all face, fighting against catastrophic illnesses like cancer, blood diseases and other rare genetic conditions.
Dr. Carolyn Hastings is the medical director of the Childrens Specialty Center of Nevada.
She is a pediatric oncologist and hematologist who travels from Oakland's Children's Hospital twice a week to provide care to Northern Nevada Children here in Reno.
"It's the first of it's kind. We've never had certainly an independent non-profit organization whose complete mission is to take care of children irregardless of their ability to pay."
With a staff of several specialists from out of the area and pharmaceutical and lab facilities on site these little patients and families don't have to travel as much to the Bay Area for chemotherapy or medication infusions.
Hastings says, "It prevents them for having to travel that distance for anything they can receive in a 2-10 hour period of time."
15 year old Lola Scott is battling cancer, a type called undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma.
Since 2009, she has endured intense chemotherapy and comes to the clinic 2 times a week for blood draws and every 3 weeks for her treatments.
Amazingly, her visits are not something she dreads.

"I love coming here because of all the people here, they are like my second family. The nurses are my best friends, they are there for you throughout the whole treatment. It's hard to come here and be like, oh no, and not like it."
Chris Hempel is not only a parent of twins who receive treatment here, she is also working feverishly right now to collect toys for the children and their siblings who are cared for at the center.
 "A lot of families not only are dealing with kids who are sick they are underprivileged as well so to be able to bring all these toys in, for all of these kids, it's going to make a Merry Christmas for everybody here at the center."
With the help of the Tahoe City Fire Department and Reno Fire Station #3 and the community, they have collected about 200 toys so far, but are hoping to collect even more before Christmas.
On this drop off day some of the kids got to meet Sparky and the fire crew who carried some newly donated gifts.
For a time, they could forget about what brings them together and just enjoy the spirit of the season, something 15 year old Lola is ready to celebrate.
" I love Christmas, it's not about the presents. I just think that it feels family like. You feel more connected to your family at this time of the year." 

If you would like to donate a toy to these special children, you can drop off any unwrapped gift at the center at 540 East Plumb Lane.
Also Learning Express Toys is offering a 40 percent discount for this drive and they are collecting the toys too.
They say if they get more than they need, they will be saved for treatment milestones or birthdays for the kids.

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sophiecat - 12/23/2012 12:34 PM
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As a Sarcoma patient myself I am overjoyed to see children receiving such warm and compassionate care! Thanks Reno!

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