Program to help children cope with cancer diagnoses

January 29, 2015

When children hear that parents or grandparents have been diagnosed with cancer, they may feel frightened, discouraged and confused. CLIMB (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery), a free, four-week program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, is designed to help children ages 5 to 13 cope when someone they love has cancer by encouraging discussion and creativity.

The next session of CLIMB begins on Feb. 18 and will meet on four consecutive Wednesdays.

The child’s loved ones also are welcome to participate in CLIMB. The program increases their understanding of cancer and its treatment, while also allowing children to form new friendships and bonds with others going through the same thing.

All sessions are held at Penn State Hershey Breast Center (30 Hope Drive in Hershey). They are facilitated by a health care provider who is specially trained in the care of families coping with cancer.

To register, contact Nichole Cook at 717-531-7942 or

Last Updated January 29, 2015