Programs For Children Who Are Off Treatment For Cancer

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, at  snelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437, ext. 4.

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.

FAMILY CONNECTION NIGHTS: S.O.A.R.

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

At the CCC, we recognize that your journey doesn’t end when your child’s treatment ends. Our goal is to continue educating the parents and families on adjusting to life after cancer. We provide professional expertise through guest speakers and resources to help address late effects, fertility, psychosocial aspects, and more pertaining specificially to children that are in survivorship. To inquire about our SOAR Family Connection Night program, please reach out to Sharin Nelson, Support Coordinator, at SNelson@childrenscancercenter.org or (813) 367-5437 ext.4.

S.O.A.R. (Surviving Oncology and Readjusting) meets quarterly to discuss issues related to survivorship and readjusting to normalcy for those children who have completed their treatment for cancer.

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.

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 at 813-367-5437, ext.8; kcarpenter@childrenscancercenter.org

TEEN GROUP

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.