Kids Can Cope
Kids Can Cope is a unique support group offered by Banner Thunderbird Medical Center for children ages 6 to 16 who have a parent or other loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Interactive games and creative activities are designed to help participants identify and cope with feelings and to build the resiliency they will need to weather difficult times.
- Kids Can Cope meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Kids Can Cope program also offers two free resources to anyone concerned about a child's reaction to a loved one's cancer diagnosis:
- Kid to Kid About Cancer: What You Need to Know if Your Parent Has Been Diagnosed with Cancer
- When a Parent Has Cancer: Looney Professor Booney Explains Cancer to Kids
To get these educational materials, and for meeting locations and more information, please call (602) 865-5450.
This page is especially for kids who have a parent who has cancer. Lots of kids are in this situation, so you're not alone. Maybe your mom or dad showed you this page or maybe you found it on your own. In any case, share what you learn with them and other people you know. You can get the answers to a lot of your questions, have some fun, and become the cancer "expert" in your family.
In these challenging times you have an opportunity to teach your children positive ways to adapt. You can teach them what it means to be a "survivor". What more critical life skill is there? Kids Can Cope, a component of the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center Cancer Support Program, offers web-based educational information to get you started.