Cancer can affect the entire family, and children may deal with a loved one receiving a cancer diagnosis in many ways.
LBC runs a group to support children aged between 5 and 12 who have a parent or sibling with a blood cancer. The group focuses on the needs of the children and aims to support them to successfully cope with the diagnosis and treatment of a parent or sibling with cancer.
The group, currently held in Auckland and Hamilton, is facilitated by Debbie Mills-Henry who is a Creative Expressive Therapist, specialising in workshops for children and teenagers affected by cancer. In a safe, friendly and fun environment, children can take part in activities and talk about their feelings, learn a little bit about cancer and treatment and meet other children going through a similar experience.
For more details or if you are interested in being part of a Kids Club elsewhere in New Zealand, please contact a Support Services Coordinator.
LBC produces a number of disease-specific information booklets including picture books for children.
We currently have four books which have been written especially for children who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer, or for when a family member has been diagnosed. The books have been designed to help explain disease, treatment and survivorship information to young children and their families.
Click the picture below to download an e-version of the book or please contact a Support Services Coordinator to order a hard copy.