How to Help

How to Make a Donation

Individuals or organizations interested in giving to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer Clinic may make an unrestricted gift in general support of the clinic or designate the gift to a specific program or service. Donations may be:

  • An immediate gift to the clinic of cash, check or credit card
  • A pledge or multi-year commitment
  • A monthly donation
  • A gift of stock or other assets
  • A gift in tribute - memorials, honorariums, birthdays or anniversaries
  • A planned gift - bequests, charitable gift annuities, trusts or life insurance
  • A gift-in-kind or gift of your time

Giving by Mail

To make a donation or tribute gift by mail, please complete this form and mail to:

Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic
101 West Expressway 83
McAllen, Texas 78503

*Please make checks payable to Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer Clinic.

Online Giving

Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer Clinic is pleased to provide its supporters who wish to donate via credit card, with the convenience of donating through email. To make a donation, please fill out this form and email to [email protected].

For more information on planned giving or other donations, please contact Laura Martinez Ilgun at 956-661-9840 or email at [email protected].


How to Volunteer

Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic volunteers are needed to supplement clinic services in a variety of ways. Volunteers make a difference to children, their families and the clinic staff every day of the year. Volunteers can be individuals or groups and organizations who volunteer on or off-site. On-site volunteers must be 15 or older, attend volunteer orientation and commit to at least 12 hours of volunteer service each month.


Among the many services that the volunteer members happily provide to clinic patients and their families are:

Arts In Medicine
The primary goal of the AIM Program is to provide enjoyable, educational and meaningful artisitic opportunities to patients and their families. Artistic activities by and for children create opportunities for self expression, empowerment and development of coping skills. Making music, singing songs, performing dance, producing plays, writing and telling stories, and decorating spaces with visual art enhances the healing environment and treatment experience.

Entertainment and special events
Volunteers often bring special entertainment to the clinic. Patients may meet a professional athlete, magician or enjoy a live music performance.


Members of many organizations volunteer at Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Clinic. Because of the flexibility of the group volunteer program, some organizations volunteer only once, some visit annually and others serve every month.

Current organizations who volunteer at the clinic and organize special events include high schools, churches, retirement and nursing homes, corporations and professional societies. In addition, some employees of corporations and members of organizations fill a weekly volunteer placement, with group members rotating their assignments.

Off-Site Volunteers

Off-site volunteers are also an integral part of the volunteer story. Groups and individuals sew, knit and crochet a variety of items for distribution to our patients. Many host toy drives or donate refreshments to support our toy room or family lounge.

For additional information about on and off-site volunteer opportunities for you or your company or organization, please call Stefany Levrier Gonzales at 956-661-9840.


Page modified on November 20, 2021