One in three people face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, meaning that millions of children are tasked each year to deal with the cancer diagnosis of a parent, a sibling or even themselves. The LIVESTRONG Foundation has programs, services and partnerships to help you and your loved ones cope with the challenges that kids face when confronted by the disease.
LIVESTRONG at School
The award-winning LIVESTRONG at School program is designed to help students learn about and cope with cancer. The curriculum includes free lesson plans, worksheets and online tools in both English and Spanish, tailored for specific age groups in grades K-12. You can find all of these materials and learn more about how you can advocate for LIVESTRONG at School in your community by visiting Scholastic.com/LIVESTRONG.
This weeklong summer camp program provides kids who have been affected by a parent’s cancer the opportunity to have fun and meet other kids who understand what they’re going through. Organized and hosted by college students, Camp Kesem engages kids in activities like sports, arts and crafts and ropes courses, and provides them a chance to share their stories with one another. Camp Kesem has outlets all over the country and is free for children with a parent who has or has had cancer. Click here to find a camp in your area.
Did you know that Camp Kesem also offers SAT prep courses free of charge for campers, alumni and their family members? Click here for more info.
The Pablove Foundation’s signature arts program gives children and teens with cancer an outlet to express their creativity through photography. Students attend a five-week series of classes taught by a professional photography teacher, gaining hands-on experience while learning photography basics. LIVESTRONG selected Pablove Shutterbugs for replication in the 2014 Community Impact Project. Click here to learn more about the program and how to find one in your area.
Advocating for Education
Returning to school after cancer can produce feelings of excitement, relief and anxiety for kids and their parents. LIVESTRONG partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to develop an educational booklet and resource guide which helps parents and educators ensure they are meeting their children’s educational needs. These resources are available to download from our website free of charge.
LIVESTRONG is a huge proponent of addressing the specific needs of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community. Not only are we working with Critical Mass to address the gaps in cancer care for young adults, but we also provide navigation services to people of all ages affected by the disease. Join the conversation. Check out the AYA Cancer Twitter Chat for information on our resources for young adults.
LIVESTRONG provides free programs and services for those fighting cancer now. For more information on how we can help you through your cancer journey, visit LIVESTRONG.org/We-Can-Help. Contact a LIVESTRONG Navigator today for one-on-one support by calling 1-855-220-7777 or by filling out our Online Intake Form.