The BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center of The Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center was established in 1986 to provide the most up-to-date treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults living with cancer or blood disorders. Today, it is one of South Carolina's most progressive children's cancer treatment centers and serves a referral area of approximately 300,000 children, teen, and young adults living in the upstate of South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Northeastern Georgia. The center is an active member of the Children's Oncology Group, a nationwide association of some of the world's best known childhood cancer centers. This membership gives the Center access to the latest treatment protocols and drug trials for all types of childhood cancers. Patients seen in the Center can be treated by the same protocols that can be found in renowned hospitals such as St. Judes, Duke, Emory, and Johns Hopkins. Children's Oncology Group protocols are designed for treating infants, young children, teenagers, and young adults. The center also offers diagnostic services and treatments for children and adolescents living with hemophilia, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, sickle cell disease, various anemias, and other hematological disorders.