CLIMB: Register NOW!

By Cancer Foundation on September 28 / 2016

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Do you have school-aged, adolescent or young adult children coping with a parent’s cancer?

The CLIMB program offered at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation may be just what you’re looking for. The aim of this program is to build strengths and enhance strategies for coping with stress and change associated with a parent’s illness.

Upon hearing the words “I have cancer”, children often experience a sea of emotions, as they try to make sense of what this means for them and their family. They may have questions but are afraid to ask. This 6-week group, developed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation, provides children and young adults with age-appropriate information about cancer, a space to talk about difficult feelings, to learn that they are not alone, and to develop healthy coping skills.

The original CLIMB program was geared to children age 6-11. A group for teens (age 12-17) was introduced two years ago. This fall the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is launching a new pilot program, for young adults age 16-23. For most, this is already a time of change and transition: finishing high school, attending college or university, perhaps far from home, or establishing their independence and work life while finding themselves in the world. This unique program will provide young adults with a space to connect and talk about their experiences, to express their feelings, and better cope with change,

Programs will be offered concurrently in October 2016, based on demand.

If you have a child, adolescent or young adult age 6-23 in your life who you think could benefit from these programs, sign up at ottawacancer.ca to connect with a Cancer Coach or call us (613-247-3527).

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