Mia received a terminal diagnosis in 2014. She initially had breast cancer, but unfortunately it spread to her brain and spine. Tel (7) and Jubal (4), her sons, were having issues with her cancer returning. This past summer, both children attended the inaugural session of Camp Climb, a camp for children who have a parent or guardian battling cancer.
Mia's story and experiences in her own words...
“My older one was—before he came to Camp Climb—he was really, no, you're gonna die, you're gonna die,'" explained Mia. "He was getting angry a lot." Their attitudes quickly changed, however, upon enrolling in Camp Climb. "The kids had a blast and nd they've learned things that will help them deal with whatever comes."
"I plan on being here for a long time, but statistically, I may just have another few months, you know? So for me, it's just wonderful to know that Cancer Services is helping to prepare them for whatever happens, and they will be there for them and us later, too."
"Camp Climb was really good for them and I know I can take them back anytime for private counseling or play therapy sessions with their wonderful social workers - that means so much to me."
Mia's story is inspiring, and is just one example of the many way that Cancer Services continually grows to respond to the needs of families and individuals affected by cancer. Beacuse of the support of our caring donors, we are working to make a difference in the lives of men, women, children and families everyday. To help us support the mission of improving life for those living with cancer, please click here.
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