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Caregivers Advocating & Navigating: New Workshops Just for You

The Children’s Cancer Hospital’s Child Life Program, in collaboration with the Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program, offers monthly educational workshops for caregivers of children with cancer at MD Anderson. The Caregivers Advocating & Navigating (CAN) Workshops address a variety of topics that families have expressed interest in.

These interactive workshops, held on the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m., will be given in the Teen Room on G9 and are open to any pediatric caregiver. Caregivers can look forward to these upcoming workshops:

Tuesday, May 11
What About School?

Tuesday, June 8
Self-Care for Caregivers – Exploring Your Options

For more information, please contact Uttesha Lumpkin, child life specialist, at 713-792-5171.

Read Across America Day Comes to the Children’s Cancer Hospital

March 2 marked Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. NFL players with the Huddle Up Foundation visited pediatric patients at MD Anderson to celebrate the day and encourage reading.

Patients gathered in the Pi Beta Phi library of the Children's Cancer Hospital to hear some of their Dr. Seuss favorites read by NFL players. Houston resident and former player, Mickey Washington, made "Yertle the Turtle" come alive in the library while other players visited patients in their hospital rooms and read books at their bedside.

Daryl Gardener, who played for the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, said reading to the children was his favorite part of the day.

After story time, the players and patients performed a special play with Theater Under the Stars in tribute to Dr. Seuss. They had a special art class and then whipped up a Dr. Seuss favorite, green eggs and ham, in the family kitchen with the help of an MD Anderson's chef.

Read Across America Day was hosted by the Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program and served as a fun way to encourage reading and motivate patients to stay on track with their education. A video of the day's events can be found on MD Anderson's blog, Cancerwise.

Family Matters - Spring 2010

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