Kids take a big step


According to the American Cancer Society, over 11 million people in America have at some point been diagnosed with cancer.  Such a revelation is hard for any adult to understand, let alone a child.  In an effort to help young ones cope with the news, ProMedica is hosting The Next Step, a three-hour session held at the Hickman Cancer Center at Flower Hospital in Sylvania.  Children ages six or older with a family member or friend with cancer can participate in fun and helpful activities such as journaling, sharing, and decorating finger-painted handprints of themselves alongside their loved one with cancer. 
“The goal of our programs is to provide a caring and nurturing environment where kids feel safe and comfortable communicating how cancer is impacting their family,” said Patti Kaiser, RN, PCI oncology outreach coordinator. “Kids are able to be around other kids in the same situation, whereas in school they might not feel comfortable talking about it.”  The Next Step will be held on September 18 from 9 a.m. to noon and then again on November 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  ProMedica also puts on a three-day camp of similar activities, including swimming, called CHAMPS (Choosing Hope and Moving Past Sadness) held annually in June.  For more information, call 877-291-1441.