Friends of Jimmy Everest Center
It takes COURAGE to fight cancer and the children at the Jimmy Everest Center are some of the BRAVEST people we know! Fighting Childhood Cancer also takes a team. That is why Friends of the Jimmy Everest Center was created. We are parents, family members, physicians, nurses, staff members, volunteers and friends – We are OKLAHOMANS TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN – united in support of Oklahoma’s only comprehensive, full-service children's cancer program – The Jimmy Everest Center. Our goal is to help ensure these children receive the quality care they need right here close to home, regardless of ability to pay; to support these children and their families as they maneuver the difficult road cancer has placed before them; and to help further research aimed at improving treatments and curing pediatric cancer once and for all.
In less than a decade, the number of children under the age of 12 admitted to the hospital for eating disorders rose 119%.
Unfortunately, for many decades in Oklahoma, financial support was not readily available for adolescent medicine programs. As a result, these programs diminished in number and quality. During the period following the Oil Bust of the 1980s, adolescents received inadequate care due to the condition of programs specific to their generation. Skilled clinicians with eating disorder expertise are essential to diagnose and treat, but eating disorder specialists are not available in many communities.
Until our Eating Disorder program opened last year, many families had to leave Oklahoma for treatment because Oklahoma did not have a medical and behavioral sciences program that effectively diagnosed and comprehensively treated adolescent eating disorders for both males and females. Led by Dr. Amy Middleman, Chief of the Adolescent Medicine, the new Eating Disorders Program has been designed to be patient-centric, family-supported, and have a developmentally appropriate approach to recovery. The process includes medical, mental health, dietary, nursing and physical therapy components combined with access to Child Life and pastoral care professionals.