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Metro Health Hospital Child Life Program Offers Cancer Center Family Day Camp

Metro Health Hospital’s Child Life Program will offer a series of day camp activities for children and families affected by cancer.

Family Camp is a free program that gives families who have a loved one with cancer an emotionally safe and supportive environment to bond, make memories, explore feelings and learn more about cancer and its effects. Family Camp will be held on Wednesdays from July 8 through July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village, 5950 Metro Way.

Entire families, from newborns to great grandparents, are invited to participate. Activities will include a bounce house, an inflatable slip and slide, the Critter Barn traveling zoo, tie-dyeing T-shirts, activities with a music therapist, arts, crafts and many more. Children may participate without an adult, however families are encouraged to attend and participate together.

“Whether a child is experiencing cancer or has a relative who is experiencing it, it can be difficult to figure out,” said Bethany Folsom, child life specialist. “Each week at Family Camp, we’ll discuss a different cancer topic in terms kids can understand. Kids, families and Metro child life specialists will talk about what cancer is, treatments and side effects and how life is different after a cancer diagnosis.”

Child Life Specialists Bethany Folsom and Angie Moe will lead the camp, supported by students and volunteers. Family Camp is created and hosted by the Metro Health Child Life program and funded by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation.

Registration is required, but there is no need to commit to all four sessions; families can choose to participate in any or all of the sessions. To register, complete a registration form available at https://metrohealth.net/event/coping-with-cancer-summer-family-camp-2015-07-22/and submit by mail or in person to The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village, 5950 Metro Way, Wyoming, Mich. 49519, by fax to 616.252.8194 or by email to childlife@metrogr.org.

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