Jaydie Lynn King Neuro-oncology Program
Arizona’s only comprehensive program for childhood brain and spinal cord tumors
The Jaydie Lynn King Neuro-oncology Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only comprehensive pediatric program of its kind in Arizona, combining the expertise of subspecialists in the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD). We offer family-centered, multidisciplinary, coordinated care to provide hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families.
Highly trained, experienced team – all in one place
At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, our experts in oncology, neurosurgery, research, nursing, radiology, psychology, nutrition, rehabilitation, social work and more, make sure our patients get the highest level of care all in one location. Our staff works with specialists at the Hospital to coordinate our patients’ care and minimize stress for the family.
Access to the most current therapies available
Research provides patients with the best, most up-to-date treatments for their illnesses and identifies and evaluates new treatments to help future children. At Phoenix Children's, this translates into cutting edge care and access to the most promising new options. The CCBD is a member of Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigation Consortium, a group comprised of 10 leading pediatric cancer centers in North America that conduct Phase I clinical trials. Phoenix Children’s is the only location in Arizona where these advanced treatments are available. Phase I clnical trials are used in people who have cancer that cannot be treated effectively with standard treatments or for which no standard treatment exists.
The Hospital is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, offering the same Phase II and Phase III trials available at other leading children’s hospitals across the country.
About Jaydie Lynn King
Jaydie Lynn King was always looking out for others. When she went shopping for school supplies Jaydie would have her mom buy extras just in case a classmate couldn’t afford them. She was the one who would befriend someone playing alone at recess. When one of her siblings was hurt she was the first to comfort them. And after a visit to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, when she had been poked and prodded with needles, she’d hand out her beads of courage to other children in the waiting room rather than keep them for her own necklace.
Jaydie passed away in 2005 at age eight following an almost year-long battle with a brain tumor. “She was an absolute angel throughout her brief life,” says her mom Cami. “She was here for a reason and we’re different people because of her; stronger, more giving, more loving, and we appreciate every day a little more. The thing she taught us most is to leave people better than you found them.”
That lesson is something Cami and Jeffry King have put into action, pledging $1 million to Phoenix Children’s, and naming the Jaydie Lynn King Neuro-oncology Program in their daughter’s honor. “This is what Jaydie would have wanted us to do. It was really her vision,” says her dad Jeffry. “This isn’t just about Jaydie, but all of the other sick kids and how she wanted to help them.”
Read more about Jaydie's story in the Fall 2010 issue of Hopes & Dreams.