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Family Matters is a quarterly online newsletter produced by MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital for patients and families facing childhood cancer.

Behind the Scenes:

Cad's In It for the Children

Child Life Specialist Cad Willeford loves her job because she loves the children she works with. Her daily activities range from medical play to accompanying young patients to surgery, but most of all, Cad loves going to summer camp with her patients.

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For the Caregiver

Family-Centered Care:
Including the Patient — and the Family

Learn about the outgoing and incoming members of the Family Advisory Council. More



Tips for the Caregiver:
Workshops ... Caregivers Advocating and Navigating

Caregivers become advocates for themselves in this new program. More


A Patient's Voice: Journaling — Cooking with Chef Tarsha

Brenda Taylor Cunningham gives a peak into the Cooking Camp for patients. More


Art Corner: Summertime Products from the Children's Art Project

Note cards and special messages from camp are adorned with flowers, butterflies and other summer critters all designed by patients from MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. More


Helping Hands: Little Galleria, Marching With Marshall and Race Across America

Corporate and community partners pitch in to create awareness and financial support for the Children's Cancer Hospital. More


Medical Matters: Surgical Procedure Offers Option for Pediatric Patients With Rare Cancer in Abdomen

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, M.D., translates an adult therapy into one for pediatric patients and gets results. More


Support for You: Today's the Day We're Going Camping

From overnight camps to special in-hospital day camps, young patients enjoy the summer break like most kids do. More


Survivor's Story: Madi Wins the Fight

Diagnosed with ALL, this 7-year-old survives her treatment and becomes cancer free. More