Find Out More About CVMC Cancer Support Programs For Young People Whose Loved One Has Cancer

CLIMB participants are given a tour of the CVMC radiation department. Radiation therapist Jennifer Keever shows Carrington Peake, Jenna Suddreth and Micah Peake the image-guided radiation therapy equipment used to treat cancer patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center

PALS participants are given a tour of the CVMC radiation department. Radiation therapist Jennifer Keever shows Carrington Peake, Jenna Suddreth and Micah Peake the image-guided radiation therapy equipment used to treat cancer patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) offers a free support program for children ages 5 to 12 whose parent or grandparent has cancer. The meetings, held from 6:30 to 8pm on the last Tuesday of every month are offered in the Hospital Classroom on the lower level of Catawba Valley Medical Center. A light meal is provided as participants learn from clinical social worker Liz Daniels about the PALS (Providing Awareness, Love and Support) program.

“A cancer diagnosis is scary for the whole family and can be difficult to talk about,” said Liz Daniels, CVMC Social Worker. “A child’s feelings may not be addressed because everyone is focused on absorbing the news and getting started with treatment. The PALS program helps kids identify their feelings and learn ways to manage them. They also meet other families going through the same experience.”

During PALS, participants meet  to learn about cancer, treatments and various related topics that impact family dynamics related to cancer. For more information or to register your child, please call Liz Daniels at (828) 326-3397 or reach her by email at edaniels@catawbavalleymc.org.

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