Financial Support

We provide financial assistance for pediatric cancer patients. This can include help with bills, food, gas, basic essentials, medical costs, etc.

For financial assistance contact the center's social worker Courtney Hill at (518) 262-2875 or child life specialist, Angie Silipigno at (518) 262-4679.

Chloe Pet Therapy Dog

Chloe is a special maltipoo (maltese/poodle mix) born on 12/13/14. With such a special birthday, she was destined to do great things! She has been with her human family since she was 3 months old, and it was immediately apparent to her owners that her sweet spirit and gentle disposition needed to be shared with the world. At 8 months old, Chloe began training to be a therapy dog. She quickly progressed through basic obedience and then earned her canine good citizenship certification. In December 2015, at the young age of one, Chloe trained for and passed her therapy dog certification. She has been actively working since then through her affiliation with Therapy Dog International (TDI). Chloe loves her visits with all ages, but has a special place in her heart for children. She especially loves being the official therapy dog of Nick's Fight to be Healed Foundation where she brings support, comfort, and affectionate kisses to children battling cancer at The Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital.

Flow to be Healed Yoga Program

Developed by Karen Patchell, NFTBHF Board members and Registered Yoga Teacher started Flow to be Healed program on February 17, 2017. Any child being treated at The Melodies Center can participate with Karen. Fun games and simple poses empower a child to develop tools that help them move and use breath and focus to take their mind off any distractions or discomfort. Yoga improves their self-confidence and heals mind, body, and spirit. Karen’s visit vary. For more information, contact Angie Silipigno, child life specialist at 518-262-4679.

Nick's Comfort Bags

Whether in the clinic or hospital for a day or weeks, we provide teen comfort bags to pediatric cancer patients (ages 10-25). These may include fun distractions such as DVDs, books, video games or cozy socks. We also like to personalize them to each teen and work with the clinic’s Child Life Specialist to make sure the teen comfort bag is unique to each patient. Comfort bags are donated by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Albany. Special down pillows are provided through Luke’s Legacy—a program created within the foundation in memory of an amazing teen, Luke Romano.

To request a comfort bag for a pediatric blood cancer patient, contact the center's child life specialist at (518) 262-4679 .