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So proud to be working with The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine so that our program can support America's service members by caring for their littlest warriors.In today's #AroundWRB... Art therapy in Murtha Cancer Center's (MCC) Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department is changing the lives of many patients like 4-year-old Amelie who was diagnosed with leukemia just 3 days after her January birthday. Her mother, Katya, shared some feedback on how the care being provided has brought back a sense of spark in Amelie.

"It was really rough in the beginning... We ask a lot of Amelie, a child who doesn't really understand medical terminology and things are super scary. We work with the therapist a lot. Amelie's been able to come out of her shell and do whatever she wants... It gives her a sense of control of the situation. She's allowed to be messy and creative. I enjoy it because it also allows her to interact with someone other than myself which is something that she tends to cling to... It's nice to see her having a good time and not worrying about port access or vital signs." - Katya D., Mother of Amelie

The Art Therapist services both inpatient and outpatient at MCC's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology department Monday through Thursday. Projects such as painting, clay, silk hoops, creating/binding books and other non-toxic visual arts suggested by patients are created to enhance general treatment. It provides an outlet to process what's happening, creates comfort and a since of normalcy that lets the kids express who they are beyond being patients.

"Art therapy engagement has brought a new dimension to the team dynamics." - Dr. (COL) Dina Parekh, WRB's Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

For more information, call MCC's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Department at (301) 400-1663.

(Photos by Leigh Culbert, WRB Command Communications)
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4 weeks ago

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The story of Alaya:
“You are BRAVE” does not even begin to describe this young lady who recently worked with our art therapy team in collaboration with physical therapy to create this masterpiece while working to recover from surgery. The prospect of walking after surgery to her leg was a scary and painful thing to face for Alaya (age 10), so she worked with art therapy to come up with a creative endeavor that would combine art AND movement.

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4 weeks ago

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Lights, Cameras, Action!! The Tracy's Kids Film Festival at Inova Children's Hospital was fit for Hollywood's biggest stars. Three of our kids wrote, directed and produced short films that were screened by their families and medical teams. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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You're going to need ice cream and cold drinks this weekend so visit Giant Food at 5400 Westbard Avenue in Bethesda and purchase the reusable Community Bag! We will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 bag purchased until the end of the month. THANKS!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our mission is to ensure that the children and families we serve are emotionally equipped to fight their disease as actively as possible and prepared for the time when they are cancer free.

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