When Rebecca Floyd learned in 2009 that her 3-year-old son Franklin’s cancer had returned, she expected to meet new doctors — but not a new friend.
Franklin Floyd was admitted to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital when cancer began to spread from his kidneys to his lungs. It was during this battle that he and his mom met Courtney Cannon, who is now the president of Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support.
CPALS is a UNC organization that provides pediatric patients and their families with a distraction from the burden of hospital procedures.
Since 2007, CPALS has grown in size from about 25 volunteers to 120. Cannon said that at the group’s first interest meeting Monday, it will not be able to add any new members.
The organization emphasizes the importance of developing personal relationships with patients and their families through the ‘1:1 pals’ program, in which one patient and one volunteer are paired together.