Experienced in the fields of hematology and oncology, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, has spent 30 years providing care for thousands of patients with cancer and blood disorders. In 2006, The Ashley Lauren Foundation (ALF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer patients, honored Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum, together with his wife and children, for his contributions to the organization.
Monica Vermeulen, the mother of cancer survivor Ashley Lauren, established ALF to help pediatric cancer patients and their families face the daily battles brought about by the disease. Operating independently and with the support of the community in New Jersey, ALF not only provides financial and emotional assistance, but also offers programs, including the following, designed to inspire and encourage the children:
- Hope Bag. During a child’s hospital visit, he or she brings this large tote bag that contains fun items and necessities such as toiletries and healthy snacks. More than the content of the bag, the Hope Bag is meant to bring hope, comfort, and love to a child and his or her family.
- Hospital Parties. ALF partners with different hospitals in the New Jersey area to coordinate holiday and season-themed parties for not only children receiving daily treatments as outpatients, but also inpatients who need to stay a few days for more treatments. The parties are packed with activities, arts and crafts, games, and more.