Camps are all wound up for the year and the kiddo’s are back to school. It must be September. A month synonymous to young people with a fresh wardrobe and a fresh start. And for 1,500 more Canadian families every year, September is also known to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
In honour of all our friends who have childhood cancer in their lives, we wanted to find a cool way for kids to learn about cancer. We scrolled the internet, traveled to libraries, and emailed professionals across, and I think we came up with the coolest way to help our kids understand how cancer treatments work. Introducing…
Re-Mission 2 is just downright awesome. It is a set of video games for children, teens, and young adults to better understand how different cancer treatments work. Created by HopeLabs, a non-profit in San Francisco, these games are designed to motivate young cancer patients to stick to their treatments by boosting self efficacy, fostering positive emotions and shifting attitudes about chemotherapy.
Each of the six games puts players inside the body to fight cancer with weapons like chemotherapy, antibiotics and the body’s natural defenses. Game play parallels real-world strategies used to fight cancer and win, using different gaming styles to attract kids with different skill and attention levels. And as educationally boring as your kids may think, what is really cool is that more than 120 young people with cancer participated in the research and development of the games.
Now is this the way to introduce cancer to kids who may have a friend of loved one recently diagnosed? Not necessarily. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Our Bear Buddies program is the perfect primer to introduce the kids in your life to what is cancer in an age-appropriate, trauma-informed way. Once the kiddo in your life has been introduced to cancer, that is when these games start to make sense, and help kids better understand why their friends and family are visiting doctors and hospitals, and what is happening when the effects of treatment start to become visible. The goal is to empower young people with knowledge, giving kids a sense of control in a situation that for young people (and old for that matter) can at times feel out of control.
No more waiting folks, the tools to help our kids be strong, supported and educated when cancer enters their life are here:
“There is no real security, except for whatever you build inside yourself”
~ Gilda Radner, It’s Always Something