Events | Published February 13, 2011

Support Program For Children Scheduled for April

The Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center and Tides are collaborating to bring a new support program for children who have a loved one with cancer to the Centre region. CLIMB, an acronym for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, is a national cancer support program for children. The mission of CLIMB is to ensure that all children who have a parent or loved one recently diagnosed with cancer are given the early tools and emotional support to cope. Through education, children will gain a better understanding of cancer and the various forms of treatment. Through support, children will be provided a safe place to express fears, anxiety, and other emotions they may be experiencing.
CLIMB is for children ages 6 through 12. It is a six-week program scheduled to begin on April 5, 2011. The sessions will be held each Tuesday (April 5 through May 10) from 6-7:30 p.m. Five of the six sessions will be held at Mount Nittany Middle School. The second session, scheduled for April 12, will be held at Mount Nittany Medical Center. There is an adult component to the CLIMB program that will provide support to the patient or caregiver as well. Dinner will be provided. The evening will be filled with activities to help educate and open up communication. There is no cost to attend the CLIMB program. Funding has been donated by Mount Nittany Medical Center, the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund, Centre County Community Foundation, and the Centre County Council for Human Services.

Registration is required. It should be noted that the family member with cancer does not need to be receiving treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center in order take part in the CLIMB program. To register or learn more about this program, please contact Kristin Sides, certified patient navigator of the Cancer Program at Mount Nittany Medical Center, at 234-6175.