Helping kids and families cope with cancer

September 16, 2009

Frightened? Discouraged? Confused? Children are affected, too. When a child hears that someone close to them has been diagnosed with cancer, they may feel all these things and more.

Children, like adults, can benefit from professionals who understand their needs, as well. CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) is a free, five-week program designed to help children cope when someone they love has cancer. Each week, the child attends a session focusing on a select topic and related craft project. The child’s loved ones are welcomed into a support group at the same time. CLIMB increases their understanding of cancer and its treatment, and allows children to form new friendships and bonds with others going through the very same thing.

All sessions are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer. The sessions will be held on five consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Oct. 1, and children between the ages of 6 and 11 who have a parent or grandparent with cancer are invited to attend. Dinner will be provided -- be sure to note any special dietary restrictions. Sessions will be held at the Penn State Hershey Breast Center at 30 Hope Drive, Entrance A, Conference Rooms 1710 A and B. To register, call Michelle Farnan at 717-531-7942.

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Last Updated September 17, 2009