Programs For Children Being Treated For Blood Disorders

ART THERAPY AND MUSIC THERAPY

Art therapy is used to help patients or their families increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, and adapt to stressful and traumatic experiences. The objectives of art therapy are to use the creative process to allow awareness and expression of an individual’s deepest emotions. For people with cancer, these emotions may be about the illness, hospitalization, relationships, or other concerns. The meaning and the power of these emotions often are not easily articulated using verbal communication.

Music therapy is often used in cancer treatment to help reduce pain, anxiety, and nausea caused by chemotherapy. Some people believe music therapy may be a beneficial addition to the health care of children with cancer by promoting social interaction and cooperation.

To schedule a session with a licensed art therapist or a license music therapist, please contact Sharin Nelson: Snelson@childrenscancercenter.org

COUNSELING

When a child is diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder, the entire family is understandably affected in many ways, including emotionally. In an effort to provide therapeutic relief for these families, CCC partners with Life Connections Counseling Center to provide counseling free of charge. Families are referred for counseling on an as-needed basis for help and support dealing with issues relating to their child’s diagnosis, treatment, survivorship. 

To schedule a session with a licensed therapist, please contact Sharin Nelson at  snelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437, ext. 4.

CAMPS

CCC hosts several completely free camps for families throughout the year.

1:  Kite Camp

Summer marks the arrival of week-long day camps which are called Kite Camp.  One week welcomes oncology (cancer) patients currently on treatment, along with their siblings, while a second week serves children being treated for all types of blood disorders. Campers must have completed kindergarten (6 years old) and be no older than 12 years old to participate. Both camps include a full schedule of educational and recreational activities, daily field trips, and a chance for children to be with other children who are experiencing similar circumstances.

To inquire about the camps we offer, please contact Sharin Nelson, at  snelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437, ext. 4.

FAMILY CONNECTION NIGHTS: SICKLE CELL

CCC hosts different Family Connection Nights to serve the many needs of the families.

At the CCC, we also serve families with chronic blood disorders. We recognize that these families present issues and concerns that are unique to their diagnoses so we facilitate a monthly support group to help them cope with these challenges.

Dinner is provided, giving families a chance to mingle and catch up in a casual, informal setting. The parents are then provided an open forum for discussion to gain resources, support, and an understanding that they are not alone on their journeys. The children are supervised by trained volunteers and provided with art, music, sports, games, and many other activities to entertain them and help them make memories together.

To inquire about our Sickle Cell Family Connection Night program, please reach out to Kelly Carpenter, Support Coordinator, at Kcarpenter@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437 ext.8.

FAMILY FUN DAYS

Various Family Fun Days are held throughout the year. These events are for all families referred to CCC and are a chance for families to have fun and enjoy themselves away from the medical environment. Some of our

Family Fun Events have been Back to School Bash, Fall Festival, Winter Holiday Party, Spring Carnival, and Parents Night Out. CCC also recognizes the needs of both moms and dads and works to host special events especially for each of them.

To inquire about getting involved in upcoming Family Fun Days, please contact Sharin Nelson, at  Snelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437, ext. 4.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Fueling Families

Families are referred from the social worker at their hospital to determine if they meet the requirements for assistance. With the help from the community and generous donations, gift cards for groceries or gas are provided to families to lighten the load and ensure that they have food available and transportation to get to these critical appointments.

To inquire about referral process for the financial assistance program, please reach out to Sharin Nelson, Support Coordinator, at SNelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437 ext.4.

S.A.I.L. (Students Achieving through Interactive Learning)

Is your child interested in learning how to play an instrument? Or how to paint in a style reminiscent of Picasso? What about how to cook quick, cost effective, nutritional food? Does your child need help with his or her homework or school projects? Then we have just the program for you!

 

Thanks to our generous sponsor, Panera, CCC offers a free, interactive tutoring program for children diagnosed with cancer or chronic blood diseases and their siblings. The program is offered weekly on the weekends and provides one-on-one tutoring, as well as educational activities provided by experts in the community.

 

Due to the educational objective of this program, S.A.I.L. is offered to CCC children Pre-K to 12th grade who are both potty trained and verbal. For further information, contact Kelly Carpenter, Support Coordinator, at kcarpenter@childrenscancercenter.org  or (813) 367-5437, ext. 8.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The CCC, with the support of the Panera Bread and the Knead for Knowledge Scholarship Program, sponsors advanced education scholarships for Florida students who (1) have had a diagnosis of cancer or chronic blood disorder in the Tampa Bay area before the age of 21, or (2) have lost a sibling due to a diagnosis of cancer or a chronic blood disorder. Scholarships are for undergraduate degrees from an accredited university, college, community college, vocational technical school, or other approved program.

All applications must be postmarked no later than April 1st.

Recipients will be chosen by a Children’s Cancer Center Scholarship Committee and announced no later than June 6th.

First Time Application

 

Application to Reapply

 

Application for Bereaved Sibling

For questions or further information, call or email Kelly Carpenter, 813-367-5437, ext.8; Kcarpenter@childrenscancercenter.org

TEEN GROUPS

Teen Group is a fun and engaging program that brings teenagers (13-19 yrs. old) diagnosed with cancer and chronic blood diseases together monthly to participate in activities at CCC or to go on field trips to events such as plays, concerts, ghost tours, sporting events, and many more. The intent of teen group is for these teens to bond with other kids in similar situations and provide peer support, cultural experiences, and recreational opportunities. For further information, contact Kelly Carpenter, Support Coordinator, at KCarpenter@childrenscancercenter.org  or (813) 367-5437 ext. 8.

TICKET BANK

CCCC receives ticket donations from various organizations and individuals for experiences such as sporting events, theatrical shows, and festivals. CCC distributes these tickets to

families served by CCC in order to create memorable moments that are breaks from the daily challenges of having a child diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder. The tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis and are never used for fundraising purposes. Tickets are also distributed to the Big Buddy Mentoring Program and Teen Group to provide additional activities in the community and help alleviate the cost of their monthly outings.

To inquire about getting involved in the Ticket Bank program, please contact Sharin Nelson, at  snelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437, ext. 4.