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Hem-Onc Teen (HOT) Advisory Council

Graphic of four hands reaching for a heart and the words: PFAC patient family advisory council HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY TEENS

The Hem-Onc Teen (HOT) Advisory Council’s goals are to improve care and support for teen patients getting treatment for cancer or blood disorders.

Become a member

To become a member of HOT, you must:

  • Be 13-21 years old.
  • Be a current patient getting medical care in hematology, oncology, or BMT.
  • Be a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).
  • Be vaccinated for COVID and flu.
    • Or request exemption every year.
  • Have transportation to meeting and activities.
  • Be recommended by a Children’s Mercy staff member.

Once you are a member, you must:

  • Attend at least 40% of meetings and activities unless excused.
  • Be respectful.
  • Have good attendance and effort at school.

What are things HOT has helped with?


  • Designed the 4 Henson Teen Room and Teen Unit.
  • Created educational handouts.
  • Updated teen journals.
  • Supported many other projects about hospital policies, procedures and resources.


View the Hem-Onc Teen Advisory Council bylaws.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Hem/Onc Teen Advisory Council, you are the legal guardian of someone interested, or want to recommend a patient, we ask you to please read our bylaws.

If after reading the bylaws, you feel this is a group you are interested in joining, you may complete our Application and Volunteer Consent forms and send to:

Amanda Woelk
Child Life Manager
Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108


Amanda Woelk
Child Life Manager
(816) 234-3702

Joy Fulbright
Adolescent & Young Adult Program Medical Director
(816) 302-6808