|Champ, child’s book helps in understanding of cancer
MUSC’s former cancer patients became the first recipient of the Cancer
Companion Program launched by the ASCEND Foundation.
patient Emma Louise Farmer accepts a stuffed animal and book from Russ
Pritchard, president of ASCEND, and Dr. Michelle Hudspeth, director,
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
Emma Louise Farmer
received a book and Champ, a stuffed Golden Retriever who represents
the book’s main character. The book helps children cope with cancer and
offers caregivers and family members a tool to discuss the disease with
The program is the latest initiative launched by the ASCEND (Anne
Scandalios Cancer Ends Now Directive) Foundation promoting cancer
education and prevention to children. The tool includes a fictional
story book and stuffed dog.
Sherry North, a children’s author, medical journalist and former
medical producer for CNN Headline News, has written this story for the
foundation to be used as an educational tool. Published by Sylvan-Dell
Publishing, Champ’s Story and Companion will be used by schools,
hospitals, and children’s cancer organizations to encourage a positive
message to children who struggle with cancer in their family.
A national epidemic, cancer will affect almost 600,000 Americans this
year. At the current time, there are few health programs in
schools that discuss this disease. Cancer is a leading cause of death
by disease for children, yet most schools do not teach or offer coping
methods, address social issues or teach preventative methods in
schools. Cancer not only affects the person battling the
disease, but it affects siblings, children, and friends.
In addition to the program, ASCEND hopes to increase the education on
the dangers and risks of: cigarette smoking, high consumption of
saturated fat and calorie-dense foods, limited protection of sun
exposure and reduced physical activity in children and adults.
For information, visit http://www.ascendfoundation.org
or call 225.4055.
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010