I have lived and worked in central VA for the last 10 years. I have cared for dozens of patients from the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania/Stafford area and saw the hardship of families traveling hours for care. A port draw for a CBC check was a whole day commitment for families who were already balancing so much for their child’s treatment. The hardships became even more apparent during the early days of the pandemic when visitation restrictions left parents in a bind as they did not have childcare for their other kids so could not come in for labs/treatment. I joined the Children’s National Hospital (CNH) and Mary Washington Health System in the summer of 2021 to help expand pediatric hem/onc services into the Fredericksburg area.