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Eve of Janus
St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Through comprehensive fund raising efforts and prudent management of donor funds, the Nashville Alumnae Chapter has supported the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at Vanderbilt's Children's Hospital since 1970.  Throughout the nation, hospitals for childhood cancer have become the national philanthropy of Delta Delta Delta sorority, primarily because of the outstanding work done in Nashville and Southern California areas on behalf of children's hospitals.   The Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is a highly specialized medical facility offering comprehensive treatment to children with cancer and blood diseases.  The emphasis is on family-centered, exceptional patient care and on “translational research,” where innovative therapies are rapidly brought to the bedside.  The Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology that we support and work closely with is Dr. Debra L. Friedman.


Debra L. Friedman, MD
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

2220 Pierce Ave 397 PRB
Nashville, TN 37232-6310

Phone: (615) 936-1762
Fax: (615) 936-1767

Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric

Debra L. Friedman, M.D., is an associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and the leader of the Cancer Control and Prevention Program and directs the Cancer Survivorship programs at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Friedman's research interests lie in the long term outcomes for cancer survivors, as well as in the design of novel therapeutic protocols for childhood cancer, designed to decrease adverse long-term effects of therapy. She has leadership roles in Children's Oncology Group (COG) and is an internationally recognized expert in cancer survivorship, participating in projects evaluating best practices and models of care. She is investigating a diverse group of physiologic and psychosocial outcomes among survivors of pediatric cancer, hematopoietic stem cell transplant and medical oncology. Friedman completed her pediatric residency and a joint fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 2008, she served as the co-director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at CHOP and then, as the founder and director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1991
Pediatric Residency-The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Patient Care Emphasis: 
Survivorship and Long-term Outcomes
Hodgkin Lymphoma

Connie Ford, RN, BSN, CPON - Manager, Patient Care Services
Hematology-Oncology Nurse

Connie Ford is the Manager for Patient Care Services for the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Connie graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1979 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2001 and will complete her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration in December, 2005.  Connie began her nursing career as a Pediatric Staff Nurse at Vanderbilt in 1979.  She became the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Case Manager in 1996.  During this time she has served as the data manager for the international Children’s Oncology Group (COG), research nurse for COG investigational studies and served on the committee for the multi-institutional ALL study.  Connie recently was elected to serve on the Nursing Discipline Nominating Committee of COG.

Connie is well known for her passion for her work, knowledge and expertise in nursing care of children with cancer and blood disorders, her support of family centered care and work with the Bereavement Committee.  She has played a key role in the planning of both the Children’s Hospital and the Doctor’s Office Tower and the successes that we have enjoyed to date



Delta Delta Delta Foundation
In 2008 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Delta Delta Delta Foundation, which continues to brighten the future for today's young sisters by providing extraordinary scholarship and leadership opportunities.

In 2007, scholarships (awarded for academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and community service) resulted in $82,500+ for 45 outstanding undergraduate and graduate sisters. Through the Crescent Funds, we directed more than $70,000 to members in financial crisis. And some $151,000 funded leadership and educational endeavors available to sisters at every chapter. Such assistance strengthens the perpetual bond of friendship in a unique and lasting way.

Please let your light shine on tomorrow by giving to the Annual Fund today. Click on the link below that will take you directly to the DDD Executive Office/Foundation website:  http://www.tridelta.org/foundation/.

To make a donation to the DDD Foundation


Eve of Janus

The Eve of Janus, which raises funds for the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program, is Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital’s longest-running fundraising event. Begun in 1970 by Tri Delta Alumnae Patsy Bradshaw, Mary Ann Chaffin and Sandra Polk, The Eve has become an important Nashville tradition. Funds raised from the Eve go directly to the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic to support the program's vital contributions in research, education and patient care. Through The Eve, the Nashville Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter has contributed over three million dollars to Children's Hospital.

Due in large part to the Nashville Alumnae Chapter's efforts to raise funds to support pediatric cancer research, the Delta Delta Delta National Fraternity adopted childhood cancer as its national philanthropic project. Locally, the Tri Delta Chapter at Vanderbilt University also raises funds each year for childhood cancer through its annual Delta Underground event.

The Signs of the Times are outstanding young women who are selected to be honored during the presentation at The Eve of Janus Ball. This tradition remained unchanged for thirty-seven years. However, in 2003 outstanding young men were selected and honored as well. The young men, known as Marshals, act as escorts for the Signs during their presentation. The Nashville Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter is delighted that these exceptional young women and men have accepted the invitation to be recognized and to be supportive of the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital is a highly specialized medical facility offering comprehensive treatment to children with cancer and blood diseases. The emphasis is on family-centered, exceptional patient care and on “translational research,” where innovative therapies are rapidly brought to the bedside.

For more information and to find out how you can help, call Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Development office at 615-322-7450.


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Online Fundraising - groups or individuals
You can make a donation today through Tri Delta's online fundraising site that directly supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Select Sponsor Event at the top of the page to see if there are any events taking place in your area or Register to create your own online fundraising page. Collegiate or alumnae chapters can use this site for upcoming events or individual members can set-up a page and share with friends and family members to support their efforts to raise money for St. Jude. It's really simple, and all money raised goes to help those children battling cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude.

Tri Delta has distinguished itself through its values of unselfish leadership and self-sacrifice. We have forged a perpetual bond of friendship with this hospital, and helping children allows us to realize our purpose as an organization and as individual members of Tri Delta committed to serving others. Share Tri Delta's exciting news of raising $10 million in 4 years for St. Jude and we encourage you to continue to support St. Jude and help Tri Delta surpass our next goal.

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