Children dealing with family member’s cancer

From press release

The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care and the Rockford branch of the American Cancer Society have collaborated to offer a support program designed to help children ages 6 to 12 years whose parent, grandparent or other loved one in the family has been diagnosed with cancer.

The CLIMB program (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery) will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays beginning Oct. 6, and ending Nov. 10, 2009, in the library at the  OSF Saint Anthony Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St., in Rockford.

Inspired by and modeled after the Children’s Treehouse Foundation in Denver, this free six-week program will help children cope with their anxieties and fears while improving communication between the parents and the children.

Objectives of the program:

Provide age-appropriate information about cancer treatment and the clinic/hospital setting.

Offer art therapy and creative play to help children express their feelings.

Support children by letting them know they are not alone and by addressing their fears, anxiety, anger and other feelings.

Provide activities that help communication between the child and the parent or significant other who has been diagnosed with cancer.

A light snack will be provided for the parents and children prior to the program.

Registration is required by calling the Rockford branch of the American Cancer Society at (815) 229-1287.

From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue

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