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A really huge study (13,385 adults with a history of cancer) found that 30.5% of kids of cancer survivors were under the age of 6 (30.5%) and 33.4% were born AFTER the diagnosis. It's estimated 562,000 US kids under age 18 are living with a parent in the early phases of cancer treatment and recovery.

What does this LIFE look like for these PARENTS?

~Affected parents may experience heightened distress related to worry about NOT seeing their kids grow up, inability to perform usual parenting activities, strain on multiple roles while ill, financial burden, anger/resentment and the untimeliness of their illness.

What does LIFE look like for these KIDDOS?

~Emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and physical functioning problems INCLUDING: -regressive behavior -anxiety -difficulties in school -difficulties in social situations

Please spread the word of our upcoming fundraiser to help LOCAL COLUMBUS families fighting cancer. We are in the final stages of negotiation with a local hospital here. Tonight, we are celebrating small victories and small life moments just like we did when Alex was alive to make the most of our time together as a family.

Here's our citation: Weaver, Kathryn E et al. "Parental cancer and the family: a population-based estimate of the number of US cancer survivors residing with their minor children." Cancer vol. 116,18(2010):4395-401.


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