Camp is a time where children can explore new environments, develop new skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories. But when there is a cancer diagnosis in the family, a number of barriers emerge that can prevent families from sending their kids to camp.
Children with a cancer diagnosis in their household experience the same fear, anxiety, and grief that adults would, but with much less control and developed skills for coping. Common challenges facing these families are the unexpected costs of cancer, the inflexibility of medical scheduling, and not be able to anticipate to what level your health may be limited. Children feel this stress; they remember these struggles, the time spent in hospital waiting rooms and bedsides. These children become young carers, filling gaps in the healthcare system and helping in ways their peers may not understand.