Remembrance Weekend

Annual Retreat for Bereaved Families

A cancer diagnosis instantly stops the world from turning. Now imagine that diagnosis is for a child. And now imagine the child does not win their battle. A family is left with empty arms, broken hearts, a gaping void, and the knowledge that life can never—will never—be totally complete again. It becomes an immediate fear that the memory of that son or daughter will begin to fade. There is the glaring reality of a broken family chain that will never be fully in tact again.

P.U.N.T. created Remembrance Weekend six years ago to be a source of light in this incredible darkness . This powerful three day retreat provides families with hope and healing through a mix of therapeutic and social opportunities to acquire tools for coping, supporting one another, and honoring the memory and life of their deceased loved one.

Remembrance Weekend is planned and executed with the guidance and expertise of the psychosocial teams at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Essential Care for Kids/Hospice Buffalo.

Make a Difference in the Lives of Families Affected by Pediatric Cancer

The P.U.N.T. Foundation is a public charity that relies entirely on individual donations and sponsorships to provide critical support and programs for WNY families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Costs of Cancer

There are almost always hidden costs and challenges associated with a pediatric cancer diagnosis that may not be apparent from the outside looking in. One parent often stops working to help facilitate treatment and an income is instantly gone or wanes. Bills pile up quickly; nearly half of families facing pediatric cancer end up filing for medical bankruptcy.

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As we all struggle to handle the challenges of COVID-19, P.U.N.T. is committed to continuing to provide critical financial assistance to WNY families facing pediatric cancer. These families were already in crisis mode and struggling to make ends meet from the devastation of this diagnosis. Please consider helping us stand behind them with a pledge of support in any amount to our "Helping Hands" program. Cancer doesn't stop for coronavirus, and we know they will need us now more than ever. You can help us be ready for the many requests that will be coming from hospital social workers on behalf of the highest need families. Thank you.