Carley’s Closet was started in 2011, when 15-year-old Carley Rutledge was diagnosed with cancer and saw the great need for adolescent and young adult (AYA) support as it related to her own cancer care at a children’s hospital.

Carley’s Closet focuses on the AYA cancer population (ages 11-39) and Pediatric Sarcoma families in both children’s and adult medical centers. We offer New Diagnosis Bags for patients that include items like beanies, games, headphones, Bluetooth speakers, journals, gift cards, and other age-appropriate items. We also provide soft blankets, Christmas stockings, coloring books, and other items to make the patient’s stay in the hospital comfortable and more like home. Carley’s Closet is a unique program that helps these young patients know that they are not alone.

Texas Medical Center Partners:

  • Baylor Scott & White/All Saints, Fort Worth
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center, Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Coalition
  • JPS Center for Cancer Care, Fort Worth
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Moncrief Cancer Institute, Fort Worth
  • Texas Center for Proton Therapy, Irving
  • Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, McAllen
If you would like to open a Carley’s Closet in your area, please email [email protected].