BENEFITING: CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY REDONDO BEACH
* Expanding expressive arts program by hiring therapists specialized in music, movement, and art to work together with clinical staff to ensure additional focus on the psychosocial element.
*Expanding Kids Community into 4 elementary schools in under-served areas of the South Bay.
* Developing and implementing a more extensive intake interview that would include assessing the entire family, then providing the appropriate services and direction.
* Expanding outreach to underserved Spanish-speaking children and their parents by providing bi-lingual, culturally-fluent facilitators.
* Developing a social activity for the entire family every other month.
* Adding a support group for children who have lost a parent to cancer.
* Providing an opportunity for children - both individually and part of the whole family-to learn about cancer.
Here is a quote from one of our mothers:
“Well into my cancer treatment, my son started Middle School and that was hard. He had to go from class to class and he started getting acne. Kids teased him and called him names. Then, one day, something really bad happened. My 11 year old son tried to kill himself. He tried to jump out the upstairs window. That following Monday, he came home from school begging me to tell him an easy and painless way to end his own life. He was done. He wanted to start over as a new person with a mom that wasn’t sick.
I was practically at the end of my ropes. These are not adults who can get help for themselves. These are innocent children. Then, one day, I got a present. A gift of happiness. A gift of stability. And for my kids, seriously, a gift of life. I got a call from CSC and was told they were starting a Kids Community – it was kids’ therapy, but the kids didn’t have to know that’s what it was. We went to almost all the sessions. My kids figured out they were in therapy, and at first they didn’t like that. But, they ended up really liking the sessions. And it made such a difference. It was therapy geared towards kids of cancer patients. It was such a great match for us. I got to go to the adult therapy and a lot of times, a gift to me as well.
Things were good for a couple of years. But, then, like I said before, my dear, sweet friend, Monica, passed. When my daughter started pulling out her eyelashes and eyebrows just recently and I found out this was a depression, anxiety disorder, guess who I called for help? I called my former therapist here at CSC and CSC offered one-on-one personal therapy. My daughter is still in therapy here, and I think she is doing better. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are growing back and she seems to be handling things pretty well.”