The Hope Connection

A quarterly e-newsletter filled with invaluable insights, personal stories, and practical tips for families touched by childhood cancer.

The Hope Connection

A quarterly e-newsletter filled with invaluable insights, personal stories, and practical tips for families touched by childhood cancer.

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Hope Connection Articles

Mentor Program

Mentor Program

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) mentor program was created to provide support by connecting a young adult cancer survivor (mentor) with a younger child going through treatment between the ages of 10-17 (mentee).
The Healing Power of Friendship: Supporting Kids with Cancer

The Healing Power of Friendship: Supporting Kids with Cancer

Friendship is a gift that brings comfort, happiness, joy, companionship, and support. But for children battling cancer, friendship means even more. Having friends to confide in and count on - ones who show empathy and understanding - is incredibly important, as it makes a profound difference to the child’s overall healing journey.
Parent-Child Communication

Parent-Child Communication

When a parent first hears of their child’s cancer diagnosis, they may be reluctant to share the realities of the disease with their child in an effort to protect them from painful emotions. However, children are very in tune with their caregivers and can sense when something feels “off.”
Grieving Your Old Life

Grieving Your Old Life

When a family receives a cancer diagnosis, each member of that family is forced to adjust to a “new normal.” Future plans, former habits, and relationship dynamics all change – some permanently.
Discipline and Childhood Cancer

Discipline and Childhood Cancer

When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, families may feel overwhelmed by new information and unsure of the next steps.  When doubts or confusions arise, some families may wish to seek a second opinion.
Second Opinions

Second Opinions

When a child is first diagnosed with cancer, families may feel overwhelmed by new information and unsure of the next steps.  When doubts or confusions arise, some families may wish to seek a second opinion.
Advocating for Education

Advocating for Education

Parents are the best advocates for their child’s education since they know the unique challenges, strengths, interests, and needs of their child.
Mentor Program

Mentor Program

The NCCS mentor program was created to help children ages 10-17 adjust to their treatment, increase their self-confidence, reduce anxiety, and offer a connection with someone that understands their journey.
Pediatric Oncology Camps

Pediatric Oncology Camps

At a time when most children are deciding which sport to play, pediatric cancer patients have their lives disrupted as they are faced with cancer treatments. It has been recognized that the camp experience is very valuable in allowing kids to be kids even as they face the harsh realities of cancer.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after a life-threatening or terrifying experience – like fighting childhood cancer.
Late Effects After Treatment Tool (LEATT)

Late Effects After Treatment Tool (LEATT)

New research is leading to a better understanding of childhood cancer survivorship and the effects of cancer and therapy. Long-term side effects related to cancer and prior treatments are called “late effects” and may be mental, physical, social or even second cancers.
The View From Up Here: Young Adult Guide to Surviving Childhood Cancer

The View From Up Here: Young Adult Guide to Surviving Childhood Cancer

Everyday there is a new diagnosis and a new childhood cancer survivor. To help young adults through their journey, The National Children’s Cancer Society created a publication specifically for survivors of childhood cancer ages 15 or older. The View From Up Here provides detailed information to help with every stage of the survivorship journey and addresses the different struggles that may arise.