PETOSKEY — McLaren — Northern Michigan is offering a program to provide emotional support to children ages 5-12 who have a parent or other loved one diagnosed with cancer.
The six-week program is called CLIMB, which stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery.
Through CLIMB, art and play activities help children to understand and develop coping skills. This free community service is funded by Northern Michigan Regional Health System Foundation.
“The goal is to help children identify and express the complex feelings they may experience during this difficult time. If there is a child who may benefit from support in navigating their way through a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, please know this resource is available,” said Amy Juneau, an oncology social worker at McLaren — Northern Michigan.
Through CLIMB, children will learn:
— Cancer is not their fault;
— They are not alone;
— About cancer and treatment options;
— How to express their feelings;
— How to manage anger;
— How to communicate effectively with loved ones with cancer.
The program will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays, April 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 14 and 21 at the Community Health Education Center building located across the parking lot from the main entrance to the hospital.
For more information or to enroll a child in the CLIMB program, contact Amy Juneau, at (231) 487-4015.