When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family must cope with significant changes. Cancer Services provides numerous programs for families, children and teens in our 10-parish area who are coping with a cancer diagnosis or the cancer diagnosis of a parent. This program provides children and families with information, services, support and the skills needed to cope with the cancer in their lives. As with everything at Cancer Services’ services and programs, this program is free of charge.
Financial Assistance & Supplies
A one-time grant of $500 may be available to families who have a child living with a cancer diagnosis. The grant is given to the family to help defray the high costs associated with a cancer diagnosis. Wigs, nutritional supplements, medical supplies and equipment are also available.
A social worker trained in oncology needs of children is available to partner with you and family through the cancer journey.
Counseling is available to children, parents and immediate family members to help in managing the numerous issues that emerge during and after cancer treatment. Counseling is an effective tool for learning to cope with stressful events and is effective in opening the lines of communication within the family. Counseling can take place over the telephone, at Cancer Services or the hospital.
Supportive services come in the form of educational meetings (Cancer 101) and support groups for parents, grandparents and other family members. Groups are led by social workers and provide people the opportunity to talk, network and receive support from others going through similar situations. Families with a newly diagnosed child can also be paired with a family who has also experienced childhood cancer. All participants provide each other with important information and support during this difficult time.
Parents’ Night Out: Twice a year, moms and dads are invited to a night out. Parents are given the opportunity to sit and visit with other moms and dads, sharing concerns and connecting with other couples in a similar situation.
Cancer Services offers families a chance to enjoy normal outings with other families coping with cancer through free monthly activities like family bowling, cooking at Young Chef’s Academy or Family Day. These activities offer families an opportunity to forget about cancer and escape the stresses associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Camp Care is a weeklong summer camp for children (ages 5-13) with cancer and their siblings. Campers enjoy varied activities including fishing, rock climbing, laser tag, movies and much more. An on-site nurse or doctor provides medical oversight, while the children have fun in a safe environment. For more information on Camp Care, click here.
The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time, but can often be challenging when a family is impacted by cancer. To help families have a merry and bright holiday season, Cancer Services hosts a festive party and provides presents for children living with cancer.
Palliative & Hospice Care Support
Cancer Services will work closely with parents of children receiving palliative support or hospice care to provide necessary referrals to resources within the community. Children receiving palliative care are encouraged to provide a “wish list” to our staff who will then work with the families and members of the community to help children accomplish their dreams and goals.