We created C.A.R.E.S. (Cancer, Advocacy, Research, Education, and Support) in response to a growing need we were seeing among the parents and children who participate in Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky to handle the emotional trauma cancer has left them with. With the C.A.R.E.S. initiative, we call upon trusted experts to give “Doc Talks” to campers, parents, counselors, and staff about issues that are impacting them right now, such as PTSD for parents and siblings of a child with cancer and fertility issues and health insurance concerns for young adult cancer survivors. Our focus on mental health is a critical way to help the individual and family as a whole.
• Increases participants’ knowledge and understanding of cancer-related topics covered in C.A.R.E.S.
• Reduces anxiety and/or confusion around the cancer-related topics covered in C.A.R.E.S.
• Builds a network of talented and highly skilled mental health providers, healthcare providers, and other professionals to speak at C.A.R.E.S. sessions who may also support our Camp program and families in times of need.
• Expands our audience by collaborating with other organizations.
The fact is: Cancer takes a heavy toll on kids and families and early intervention is their best bet at surviving the ordeal with as little emotional and psychological scarring as possible. Currently C.A.R.E.S. is being offered to our campers and their families, our volunteer counselors and staff. However, we are working to expand the program to childhood cancer patients and parents with small children who are going through cancer, that are receiving treatment for cancer at all local hospital systems and can attend regardless of whether they go to Camp. Programs like C.A.R.E.S. that are free to attendees and touch on issues that are important to children and families dealing with cancer are greatly needed.
Cancer seems to be taboo while mental health is definitely still very taboo so we’re here to challenge that norm and work to re-create and establish a new norm. It’s ok talk about it! This is bigger than a support group, this a tool for understanding, education, and where people can connect on an every day level. We’re changing what the relationship between cancer and mental health looks like!
We are so excited to have Kahila launch Cancer: The
Easy Life podcast. Who is this podcast for? This podcast is for anyone who has ever known someone who has been impacted by cancer, so the short answer is: This podcast is for EVERYONE! Who doesn’t love a good pod cast now a days? We are making the effort to reach a new platform to create a safe place to talk about the most impactful aspects of cancer. You can listen to it in your car, at home, on a plane…ANYwhere! (See below for easy and convenient phone app options.)
We also have an awesome blog that you should check out!SHARE
Through our CARES initiative, we have launched a new program called "Tribute to Life." This is an extension of the Memorial Campfire that takes place during the summer at Seany's Camp Reach for the Sky Resident Oncology Camp. This program is going to be made available for any and all families who have lost a Seany's CR4TS camper, as we move forward.
If you would like to discuss more about this program, please contact Robby Medina at [email protected]SHARE
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