Support for Families & Children
Hope for Two - The Pregnant With Cancer Network
PO Box 253, Amherst, NY 14226.
“Hope for Two...The Pregnant with Cancer Network offers free support for women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. We connect women who are currently pregnant with cancer with other women who have experienced a similar cancer diagnosis.”
Kids Alive – Support for Children of Parents with Cancer
at Porter Hospital - 2525 South Downing Street, Denver, Colorado 80210
For more info contact one of the group facilitators:
Lorraine Hart, PhD, Co-Director, 303.985.4585, email@example.com
Julie Guy, Co-Director, 303.765.3811, firstname.lastname@example.org
“A unique and invaluable program offered at no charge to any family where a parent is dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The program is supported completely by private donations, grants and Porter Adventist Hospital. Goals & Objectives: to provide a safe, helpful environment for children of cancer patients to express their feelings; to create a place for a child to be a child… to experience fun, support and continuity of life… apart from catastrophic illness; to facilitate a better relationship between cancer patients and their families, reducing guilt and anxiety in children; to help parents interpret their children’s behavior as adaptive to the trauma in the family and improve communication in the family; to develop awareness of resources for both parents and children.”
CLIMB® - The Children’s Treehouse Foundation
“The CLIMB® - Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery - program is based on principles of mental health promotion, not psychotherapy. Intended for children ages 6-11, the aim is to build upon the child’s strengths and increase his/her ability to cope with stress associated with the parent’s illness. In the course of one night per week for six weeks, the children have cancer demystified, lose a sense of isolation, learn to communicate their feelings with others, and learn how to cope with feelings such as sadness, anger and confusion… Mission: To ensure that every child whose parent is diagnosed with cancer is given the early tools and emotional support to cope. Our Vision: We envision a world where preventing the inevitable psychosocial impact on children whose parents have cancer is taken as seriously as finding a cure for cancer itself.”
Classes available at the following Colorado locations:
-Dorcy Cancer Center, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Pueblo – CLIMB program
“Kessem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. We are the only national organization dedicated to this unique population – supporting children with innovative, fun-filled programs that foster a lasting community. Camp Kessem operates free summer camps for children who have been touched by a parent's cancer. Founded at Stanford University in 2000, Camp Kessem has since expanded to over 70 chapters in 34 states across the country.” See the Camp Kessem program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.