CLIMB program puts families dealing with cancer first

Penn State Hershey is hosting another session of CLIMB: Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery. Developed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation, this five-week program sponsored by Penn State Hershey Breast Center addresses the psychosocial aspects of cancer as they relate to the family unit. It is designed to specifically address the fears and anxiety of children whose parent has cancer, and provide parents with the necessary tools to improve family communication and reduce distress during cancer treatments. Open dialogue allows everyone, including children, to develop a better understanding of the changes taking place.

CLIMB is a free support program for children ages 6 to 11 whose parent or grandparent is in active treatment for cancer. Parents meet separately while the children meet as a group. All sessions are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer. Groups meet at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s East Health Campus, 30 Hope Drive, Entrance A.

The upcoming session is scheduled for Tuesday evenings from June 18 through July 16, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m., and wraps up by 8 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact Michelle Farnan at 717-531-7942 or

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Last Updated May 15, 2013