Helping kids cope when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer

March 28, 2012

In central Pennsylvania, there are limited resources available to address the needs of children whose parents or grandparents are in cancer treatment. Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a solution.

The Penn State Hershey Breast Center team is hosting another five-week session of CLIMB: Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, this spring. CLIMB is a free support program for children ages six to 11 whose parent or grandparent is in active treatment for cancer. The program, developed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation, addresses the psychosocial aspects of cancer as they relate to the family unit.

Each weekly meeting is facilitated by a health care provider specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer. The session specifically addresses the fears and anxiety of children whose parent has cancer and provides parents with the necessary tools to improve family communication and reduce distress during cancer treatment. Children meet as a group while their parents meet separately. Open dialogue allows everyone, including children, to develop a better understanding of the changes taking place.

Meetings are held at 30 Hope Drive, Entrance A, in Room 1710 A and B on the Penn State Hershey campus.

The upcoming session is scheduled to run on five consecutive Thursdays, from May 3-31. Each weekly session begins with dinner at 6 p.m., and runs until 8 p.m. For more information, and to register, contact Michelle Farnan at 717-531-7942 or at

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Last Updated March 29, 2012