Welcome to CPALS!
Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support, or CPALS, is a Non-Profit Organization of UNC Students dedicated to support current/previous UNC-Hospitals Hematology-Oncology patients, their families, and healthcare workers. Our mission is to provide trusting, supportive relationships with pediatric patients and their families.
CPALS spend their first year volunteering in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic or the Inpatient Pediatric Playroom. Following that initial volunteer experience, veteran CPALS may earn the opportunity to be matched 1:1 with a specific patient. CPALS provide fun and support in the inpatient and clinic environment as well as engage in CPALS organization fundraisers and special events that support UNC’s Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and it’s psycho-social support programming. These events occur throughout the year in the forms of teen support groups, collaborative retreats with Victory Junction, game nights, and more!
CPALS must be a registered UNC student and a minimum of 18 years of age (hospital volunteer requirements). This opportunity does not specifically provide medical exposure or education but is focused on supporting pediatric families during their treatment experience. Attendance at monthly CPALS meetings and participation in the CPALS student organization activities is required. For more information, visit our CPALS Registration page!
If you are already a CPAL, please refer to the events calendar located at the bottom of the page for Fall 2021 GBM dates!
Check out CPALS in the Media!
- CPALS in the Daily Tarheel (2019)
- UNC Lineberger Article (2018)
- CPALS in UNC Newsroom
- CPALS on ABC11 News
- CPALS in the Daily Tarheel!
Additional Questions? Contact us.
If you have any questions about becoming involved, contact CPALS Advisor Sarah Frantz or CPALS President Anna Geib. You can also complete our Contact Us form and we will be in touch. Thanks!