kidscan! Program - Rex Cancer Center
Rex Cancer Center of Raleigh
What is kidscan!?
kidscan! is a special family support program designed for families with children ages up to 18 years of age who have a parent, grandparent or caregiver diagnosed with cancer.
Who can join?
The kidscan! program provides support to the entire family by offering four unique support sessions simultaneously in separate spaces: children, teens, adults facing cancer and adults supporting a family member with cancer.
The program offers a safe, nurturing place for children and families to discuss concerns and develop healthy coping strategies through planned activities. Children learn how to cope with their feelings and emotions through incorporating art, music, games, group discussion and more, while maintaining a fun, caring and supportive environment. Depending on the group size, children are divided into elementary, middle school and high school groups to receive services appropriate for their developmental ages. While the children are meeting, parents of kidscan! participants meet as a separate group or as patient/caregiver groups to allow time for concerns and experiences to be expressed and shared with other members experiencing similar situations.
How to participate
Before joining kidscan!, each family must complete a short orientation session to ensure that kidscan! is the right program to meet their needs. During the orientation session the family will have an opportunity to discuss their unique situation one on one with a Rex Cancer Center counselor and gain a deeper understanding of how kidscan! can help their family.
Funding for this special program is a collaborative effort between Rex Healthcare and a generous grant given by the Holt Foundation. The Holt Foundation is dedicated to sponsoring educational and support programs for children who have a parent with cancer.