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October 29, 2012

Families Facing Cancer

Hello Volunteers:

Patient and Family Support Services is pleased to announce Families Facing Cancer, a new program with particular emphasis on resources and programs for children who have a parent or other adult family member confronting cancer. Please click on the following link to learn about this new and exciting program. http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/support/families-facing-cancer.shtml.

Hand in Hand Beads, a very important piece of the program, will be located in the PERC. To learn more about this portion of the program, please click on the following link: http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/support/hand-in-hand.shtml.

The launch date for the Families Facing Cancer resource kit and Hand in Hand Beads is Monday, November 5, 2012. Although some of the information for the Families Facing Cancer program has been delivered to the PERC, we will not be giving any kits or bead books out before November 5.

During the launch week, Sheila Morris, Program Coordinator for Families Facing Cancer, will be in the PERC to meet with volunteers during their shift; Sheila will explain in greater detail the program and the role our PERC volunteers will play.

Until Monday, November 5, continue to offer to those requesting information on talking to children the information currently on hand in the PERC: When Your Parent has Cancer: A Guide for Teens (ACS), It Helps to Have Friends when Mom or Dad has Cancer (ACS), Talking with Children about a Loved One's Cancer (CancerCare) and Talking with My Tree House Friends about Cancer.

Please also continue referring patrons to the books currently listed on the following link: http://infoguides.med.umich.edu/explaintochildren.

I am extremely excited about this new program and the PERC's involvement and I am sure once you meet with Sheila and have a chance to peruse the materials you will be excited as well! (Plus, this involves no computers, iPads, iPods, etc. to sync, set, . . .!!) :)

Again, thank you for all you wonderful help!

--Lori

Posted by monti at October 29, 2012 02:25 PM

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