Serious Illness Support

When a Family Member is Diagnosed with a Serious Medical Condition

For information about any of these programs, please complete the referral form or contact Tu Nidito at (520) 322-9155 or All programs are offered at no cost to the children and families that need us.

When a Child is Diagnosed

If you are a medical professional wishing to make a referral for a child who is diagnosed with a serious medical condition, please complete our professional referral form.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or medical condition, everyone in the family is impacted. We offer both group and individual support to meet the unique and ever changing needs of each child and family. Families have the option to enroll in both programs for choose a level of care based on their needs.

Group Support – We offer a monthly support groups for families who have a child diagnosed with a serious illness or medical condition. Support is offered for the diagnosed child, their siblings and their parents. Seriously ill children and their siblings, ages 3 ½ – 18, engage in peer-to-peer interaction, guided discussion and age-appropriate activities. Parents attend their own support group at the same time, allowing them to share their challenges, hopes, laughter and tears.

One-on-One Support – We understand that many children and families need additional support throughout their serious illness journey. We provide customized support for each family or family member. Support is provided by our highly trained pediatric support staff and offered through meetings and visits at the child’s home, the hospital, or other community locations to ensure that ease of access. These services are designed to assist each family member through the difficulty and stress of diagnosis, change in prognosis and treatment.

When a Parent is Diagnosed

Group Support – We offers support groups for children ages 3 1/2 – 18 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness. We provide a safe place where they can share their emotions and process the changes in their lives through guided discussion, peer-to-peer interaction and age-appropriate activities. While the children are receiving support, the diagnosed parent and their partner can receive their own support as they share their challenges and learn ways to best support their children.

PB and J with Love – PB & J with Love is a specialized Tu Nidito program provided by funding through the Paul Bryant Smith Foundation. We provide healthy, pre-prepared meals to single parents who are diagnosed with a serious medical condition such as cancer. Battling a serious medical condition is physically and emotionally exhausting. For single parents, their challenges are compounded. To care for their children, they must care for themselves. Unfortunately, preparing healthy meals can be time consuming and costly. Oftentimes, single parents who are facing a serious medical condition have neither energy nor money to spare. Participating families will receive eight Dream Dinners meals each month to ease some of their burden and to ensure that these parents going through chemotherapy and other treatments have nutritious meals for themselves and their children.


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