The Arts in Medicine Program has one primary goal – to help young patients feel better. Our artist-in-residence works with pediatric patients and their families on collaborative, large-scale projects and one-on-one art sessions. These activities give patients a sense of control and purpose, reduce anxiety and pain, make patients more comfortable in the hospital environment, and build community among patients and families.
Through our Camps Program, each summer we give patients the chance to get away from the hospital and enjoy time in the outdoors with other young people. For patients and siblings ages six to 12, we offer Camp Star Trails. During this week-long camp, kids can participate in archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, kayaking, cooking, creative arts, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, team sports and swimming. They can also visit a small animal farm and tackle an obstacle course.
Camp A.O.K. is an overnight, week-long camp for patients and siblings, ages 13 to 18. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, tennis, swimming, archery, team sports, arts and crafts, cooking, dancing and more. The week closes with Prom Night, where dresses, tuxes and hair styling services are all provided before a formal dinner and dance. Both camps have physicians and oncology nurses present at all times, and both are free.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance is made up of parent consultants who have or had a child with cancer. They can help with day-to-day issues, like parking passes and grocery store gift cards. Candlelighters also holds a weekly parent support group, every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ronald McDonald Family Waiting Room. The group also offers academic scholarships to pediatric cancer patients and survivors. For more information, contact our parent consultants, Jaynie Hutchinson and Roseanna Daly, at 713-792-4891.
A cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean young people should give up on their goals. The Children’s Cancer Hospital offers Career and Vocational Counseling to help patients get ready for college, enter the workforce and even advance their careers. Young people can get help applying to college and vocational programs; preparing for the GED or college entrance exams; exploring different career paths; and applying for financial aid. We can also help college students get a leave of absence or reduced academic schedule, or obtain special accommodations. For young adults, we can help with job searches, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Contact the career and vocational counseling program at 713-792-6767.
The Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Life Program is here to help young people and their families. Our team of specialists and assistants understands the impact of cancer, painful procedures and hospital stays. Their job is to reduce this impact and help improve coping skills. They do this by building relationships with patients and families; providing them with education and support; hosting events and activities; and giving them opportunities to express themselves.
Child Adolescent and Young Adult Life specialists usually meet patients during one of their first trips to the hospital. From there, they play a key role in each patient’s care, including:
- Introducing patients to the hospital in a friendly, non-threatening way
- Educating them about their disease, diagnosis and treatment
- Teaching patients about procedures in age-appropriate ways
- Showing children, adolescents and young adults way to cope during medical procedures
- Providing emotional support to patients and families during these procedures
- Visiting patients at the bedside to provide activities and the opportunity to talk
- Offering young people a sense of control by giving them chance to make choices whenever possible
- Providing the opportunity to play and socialize by staffing our inpatient and outpatient playrooms
- Coordinating special events and activities for patients, siblings and parents
- Helping parents understand how cancer is impacting their child’s development and well-being
- Helping siblings and other family members understand a child’s illness
The Children’s Art Project is a special creative arts program where patients' designs are incorporated into greeting cards, jewelry and other products. Proceeds from product sales benefit patient-focused programs at the Children's Cancer Hospital and MD Anderson.
Cancer can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.
The myCancerConnection program puts caregivers and patients in touch with someone who’s been in the same position. Your myCancerConnection partner can help with practical advice or just be there to listen and understand what you're going through. The program will even try to match you with a parent whose child shares your child’s diagnosis.
The Pediatric Education and Creative Arts Program is here to meet the educational needs of our patients. Our certified, master-level teachers work with young people from pre-k to 12th grade. We have an accredited on-site private school, tutoring for students who remain enrolled in their regular school, and support for students who are ready to return to their class. We also offer tutoring for AP courses, the PSAT and English as a Second Language for both patients and families. Patients can also participate in painting, pottery, yoga, music therapy and more. We take students on field trips to local attractions and host special presentations from the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science and others. Contact the school at:
- Phone: 713-745-5059
- Fax: 713-792-0608
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org