Resources: Children and Young Adults
CaringBridge provides free, personal websites available 24/7 that connect family and friends during a serious illness. The websites are easy to create and add to with health updates, photos and visitors can leave messages of support in the guestbook. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed.
Cool Kids Campaign
Cool Kids sends a care package to a patient's home in an effort to make her/his life a bit easier and happier by by providing something fun to do during a chaotic time. Packages are assembled specifically for a child’s age and interests.
Dr. Maitland DeLand writes educational and entertaining children’s books to help ease children’s worries about medical and health conditions. "The Great Katie Kate" series focuses on children’s health concerns, such as explaining epilepsy and answering children’s questions about cancer.
To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million new books to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Group Loop: Teens. Talk. Cancer. Online.
This site is geared to supporting teens with cancer. Through an on-line database, teenagers with cancer can connect with other teens based on such criteria as age, location and diagnosis.
The Morgan Center for Preschool Age Children With Cancer
The Morgan Center is dedicated to providing preschool age children who are undergoing treatment for cancer the opportunity to interact and socialize, in a safe environment that stimulates cognitive and social development.
Songs of Love
The Songs of Love Foundation website creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges. Each CD is professionally produced with lyrics containing the child's name and references individual favorite activities, pets, people, etc.
Starbright World is an online social network through the Starlight Foundation, for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions, and their siblings. Teens can post pictures, chat, create blogs and bulletins and find new friends in similar situations.
Founded by a young adult cancer survivor, StupidCancer addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.
Teens Living with Cancer
This organization offers information and resources about cancer, treatments, and a support network presented by teens for teens.
University of Cincinnati
Each situation is different, but some of the advice offered about explaining cancer to children applies to every family. This page also provides more links about talking to children (and other family members) about cancer.