Kids Support Group wins Innovation Honors from VNANE
The impact cancer has on the person diagnosed is appreciably intense. But the ripple effects of that diagnosis extend well beyond the diagnosed as well. Caught in the web of the cancer diagnosis are family members and friends who live with, care for, and love the person diagnosed. While there are many support groups for adult aged family members and caregivers, what is available for the children of parents and grandparents dealing with cancer?
Enter the Cancer Support Community – MA South Shore (CSC-MSS), a division of the NVNA Foundation, who focused its attention on just those kids when considering adding another much-needed support and educational program. The Kid Support Program offers children ages 6 to 16 age-appropriate education about cancer and its treatment as well as the emotional impact that cancer can have on individuals and the family. Additionally, the group enables kids to meet and interact with others who are going through a similar experience. Sessions involve discussion, activities, presentations, food and fun. Parents and/or grandparents meetings are also part of the program, meeting separately with a different facilitator.
Nominated by its partner, NVNA and Hospice, the CSC program recently won the Innovation Award given annually by Visiting Nurse Associations of New England (VNANE). The award ceremony takes place October 1 at VNANE’s Annual Meeting.
The Kids Support Program resumes this fall at CSC in Norwell. For information, please call Heather Henderson or Tim Cummings at 781-610-1490.