Cancer is diagnosed each year in about 175,000 children ages 14 + under worldwide. Cancer is the leading cause of death past infancy for U.S. children, however, thanks to better therapies, more than 80% of U.S. childhood cancer patients now become long-term survivors!
Here are some tips of what to + what not to say to families dealing with Cancer as well as ways that you can get involved!
1. “I don’t know what to say. I wish that I could make this go away for you. Can I bring you a meal on an evening this week?”
This is authentic and it gives a specific action to help + let the person know you are there for hem.
2. “Your child’s (or your) strength is inspiring.”
This acknowledges what is going on while giving the parent/child a moment to notice just how hard this situation is + that their strength doesn't go unnoticed.
3. “Let me know if you need to vent or want to take a trip to get a coffee.”
This not only lets them know you are by their side, but it also allows them brief moment to step away and gather themselves with a friend. Friendship is the greatest form of love we have to give others.
1. “What’s his prognosis?”
This focuses on the possibility of future death - we must focus on the positives!
2. “Eighty (or any other) percent chance of survival is pretty good.”
No parent wants to hear that their child may have a 20% chance of passing away.
3. "Have you tried x,y,z?"
This can leave parents feeling like they aren't doing enough. Dealing with cancer is quite the battle to face - it is important to acknowledge the struggle without adding onto what the parent's are or are not doing.
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!
Kambia Kids is partnering with the Cure Childhood Cancer Organization the month of September! We will be donating proceeds from our "Fight Like A Kid" tees to further develop research and cures for childhood cancer! The gold ribbon represents children's cancer awareness month. The many stars making up the ribbon symbolically represent the light at the end of the tunnel and the fact that change is always possible. Step into the sunlight + watch our "Fight Like A Kid" tee change its colors.
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