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How You Can Help a Family Facing Childhood Cancer

By on Sep 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How You Can Help a Family Facing Childhood Cancer

Cancer is one of the most debilitating diseases out there. It is difficult to watch anybody have cancer and go through cancer treatments, but it is especially hard when it is a child. Children have their entire lives to live, so when you see them struggling with cancer, or being resilient in the face of it, it does something to your heart. There are so many organizations and places you can reach out to where you can support the fight against cancer. Below you are some practical tips that will help you to support a family with a child suffering from cancer, or if you know a child who is suffering from the illness.

A Smile

As simple as this may seem, it is a very hard task for the families and the loved ones of those dealing with childhood cancer. The family is already going through a hard time, and bringing your sadness and negativity doesn’t help. A smile gives comfort even in the most uncomfortable of situations.

Just Do It

Instead of asking the family if there is something you can do, just do it. If they need something at their home while they are tending to their child, like cutting the lawn, do it. If the family has other children, offer to watch them for a day or weekend. Ask the child what their favorite things are and bring them. Don’t leave the ball in the family’s court. Just do what you think can help them.

Don’t Forget About Later

It is a person’s natural inclination to help when a child is first diagnosed, but some children are in the hospital for months and some even years. The family may have all they need now but need some type of support later. If the family doesn’t take what you are offering in the beginning, offer it again later down the line.

There are so many more things you can do to support a family who is affected by childhood cancer. If you just go with the mantra “give”, you will be on the right track.

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