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Welcome to The Climb for Cancer Foundation

Patient-Centered Support

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Who We Are

Co-founded by Ron and Dianne Farb in 2003, our small Foundation has made a tangible impact on the lives of many people fighting cancer. The Foundation has funded or created psychosocial and palliative care programs which provide support to the patient and the family, funded research grants, and given kids an opportunity to attend cancer camps. By focusing on underserved needs, we like to think that our gifts fill in the cracks left by organizations that focus on the big picture. 

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Our Mission

The Climb for Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide patient-centered support and fund the underserved needs of the cancer patients and their families, the clinical staff who treat them, and the social workers, child life specialists, and others who assist them in their cancer journey at UF Health and Shands.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world without cancer, but until that day, we believe that by providing support to cancer patients and their families undergoing treatment, we can make a difference in the fight against this disease. We envision a world where cancer is no longer a life-threatening illness, and where everyone has access to the resources they need to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. Join us in this fight and help us make this vision a reality.

Our Team

We've formed a board of like-minded individuals who bring their special talents to the table to help guide our mission. 

Child Life Specialist

"The Climb for Cancer Foundation has been a true blessing to the patients and families as well as the Child Life program at UF Health. Their generosity and continued eagerness to assist in fulfilling our families’ needs is so greatly appreciated."

What We Do

Harriet's Helping
Hand

Travel expenses, food, and lodging are a constant challenge for families of cancer patients. This program, named for co-founder, Ron Farb's sister, helps defray the cost of treatment by providing food vouchers, gas cards, and lodging to cancer patients and their families. A donation of $5 buys a meal voucher, and a donation of $20 buys a gas card.

B. Dianne Farb
Scholarship

The B. Dianne Farb Health Education Scholarships provide support to individuals who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer and who are pursuing a medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental, or public health and health professions degree at the University of Florida or Santa Fe College. 

Oncofertility
Program

The Oncofertility Program provides new fertility preservation options to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious diseases and who must undergo potentially fertility-threatening treatment.

Project
Continuity

Project Continuity provides interventions focused on cancer prevention, screening and linkage to care in the community, health care and dental settings. These interventions are designed in collaboration with key stakeholders including community members, clinicians, health care delivery leaders and community agencies.

Occupational Support for Cancer Patients

Unfortunately, occupational therapy services are not covered consistently by insurance plans, nor are the actual tools/strategies and techniques that may help a person obtain or maintain independence. We provide funds to conduct evaluations for, and purchase recommended, durable medical equipment, adaptive equipment, and assistive technologies for patients with a cancer diagnosis. 

Streetlight Program for Adolescents and Teens

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer frequently report unmet needs related to maintaining meaningful social relationships and receiving age-appropriate psychosocial supportive care. We fund Streetlight, a program that aims to meet these needs by providing long-term peer support and community engagement opportunities for adolescents and young adults with cancer through all stages of treatment--from diagnosis to cure or end of life.

150+

hours of counseling provided to pediatric cancer patients

100+

individuals have accessed fertility preservation services

400+

safe and comfortable room nights for oncology patients & their families

20%

reduction in the need for anesthesia in pediatric patients with the help of child life specialists

23

Thriving Kind workshops for cancer patients & caregivers to learn about wellness

News
Events
Treks & Climbs
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Africa

This unique three-part trip will take you chimpanzee and gorilla tracking in Uganda, on safaris in Tanzania, and to view the majestic scenery of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. You can sign up for one, two, or all three parts of the trip. 

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Kilimanjaro

Enjoy the wild splendor of Africa and experience the exhilarating and challenging quest for the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in the African continent, and raise money to fight cancer. Contact us at 352-333-9663 for more information.

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5745 SW 75th Street #317

Gainesville, FL 32608

352-333-9663

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