What About Us?

What About Us? utilizes structured activities to help children ages 5-12 identify, communicate and cope with their feelings when someone close to them has been diagnosed with cancer.

The program is based on emotional intelligence and uses a strength-based approach to promote better mental health. The aim is to build upon the child’s strengths and enhance his/her ability to cope with the stress related to their loved one’s cancer diagnosis. The group will:

  1. Increase the child’s ability to understand and express feelings about their loved one’s cancer
  2. Teach the child how to communicate those feelings
  3. Help facilitate coping with those feelings

What About Us? is a free program that meets for 1/2 day on a Saturday. The children’s group is facilitated by social workers with special training in cancer counseling. The children participate in activities and projects designed to help them understand and express their feelings. At the end of each session the children participate in yoga giving the social workers the opportunity to meet with the parents.

What About Us? has take home kits! Our take home kits include activities for both parents and kids. It’s an easy way for the What About Us? program to come to you.


Next Session: TBD

Location: Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center
420 6th St. SE  Cedar Rapids
Conference Room #1, First Floor
* Lunch provided

Each child will meet other children facing similar circumstances and will receive a free yoga kit. The sessions are led by licensed social workers and a trained yoga instructor.

Parents are invited to browse resource materials for their children as the children are in their session.

Call the Gems of Hope office for more information on this FREE program at 319-393-9681, fill out the form below or download and complete the registration form.

Use this form to register for the What About Us? kids camp, or to seek resources for children impacted by a cancer diagnosis in their family.