Archives for September 2014

Reflections on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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From a Tracy’s Kids Participant

We were asked to contribute a guest blog to the site of an organization called the Cancer Knowledge Network. Web: http://www.cancerkn.com/ .

Here’s the link to what Tracy wrote:

https://cancerkn.com/reflections-childhood-cancer-awareness-month/

From TV29 in San Antonio

A San Antonio TV station recently ran a segment about our work at Methodist Children’s.

In two minutes and thirty seconds, it captures the essence of what we do for children with cancer.

Kathleen, the featured art therapist, explains, “the children we work with don’t have choices about getting medicine, they don’t get choices about when they go to get treatment.  But when they come to the playroom, everything is up to them.  They get to make what they want, they get to use what they want, they get to decide whether they even want to do it or not…”  “[Tracy’s Kids] gives them a way to express themselves without having to talk and a lot of times these kids don’t want to talk about [their feelings.] They are either not ready, or it is just too hard to find the words — especially for younger kids.  But they can put all their feelings into the art work.” One little girl in the clinic confides that the art projects “make her not want to think about everything she is going through” — and one day she wants to be an Art Therapist so she can help other kids like her. [Her ambition is not really far fetched — as a handful of our former patients have done just that.]  One of the experienced nurses enthusiastically relates how Tracy’s Kids “decreases fear through color and drawing and gluing.  We love it.  Literally it has changed our lives.”

Please take a minutes to watch the video.  And thank you for the contributions that enable us to help pediatric cancer patients and their families get through this scary and difficult time in their lives.

Thanks to Fox San Antonio for their coverage of our program at Methodist Children’s Hospital.