George Mark Children's House - Cancer Respite Care Program


George Mark Children’s House has launched a new pilot program to provide free respite care services for children, teens, and young adults with cancer, and their families.

  • Open to children, teens, and young adults, 0 up to age 25.
  • Patients stay in a private colorful themed room in our beautiful home-like setting, and have magical experiences provided by a caring staff.  The family receives a break from the non-stop responsibilities of home care.
  • Nursing care offered onsite twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week.
  • Programming includes aquatic therapy, music therapy, dance, horticultural (garden) therapy, animal visits, art, 3d printing, and more!
  • Program is fully funded; no insurance needed. Families never see a bill.
Cancer Respite Care Program patient
Cancer Respite Care Program patient
Cancer Respite Care Program patient
Cancer Respite Care Program patient
boy making cupcakes


  • Patients must receive prior approval by the GMCH Medical Director.
  • Patients must require nursing-level care.
  • Patients must be at their baseline and stable.
  • Patients and parent(s)/guardian must agree to a trial overnight stay at GMCH.
  • Patients stay in the House for a minimum of two days/nights.
  • Pain and symptom management and changes in treatment provided (e.g. feedings, medications).
  • Patients with behavioral issues must be evaluated by staff prior to admission.

For more information and/or to make a referral, please contact: 

Kathy Chong-Lee, RN, Case Manager at (510) 346-1285 or