This #GivingTuesday Give Like Mikey

#GivingTuesday Give Like Mikey: "The best gift that you can get is to give a gift to another person.

As children across the country dream about holiday gifts and holiday parties, our hearts go out to all the pediatric cancer patients whose holiday will be spent wishing they could feel better. Some are so sick they have to spend their holidays in a hospital room.

And while most children await the gift-giving season with excited anticipation, when your family is burdened with medical bills, gifts become a luxury that are difficult to afford. That’s why our Mikey’s Wish List and Mikey’s Way Day programs are especially important during this time of year.

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Mindfulness: Mind-Body Therapy

Learn How Mindfulness Mind-Body Therapy Can Help Pediatric Cancer Patients

By: Rachel Baumann, M.A.
Emily Winter, M.A., S.Y.C., N.C.S.P.

Mindfulness can help pediatric cancer patients
“Visualize Your Favorite Place to Be” is a great grounding exercise to use during moments of stress or anxiety.

What is mindfulness? How does it work? And, how exactly does it relate to cancer care for pediatric patients?

Mindfulness is a mind-body form of therapy that connects physical health to mental well-being.  It’s a technique in which an individual strives to remain in the present moment, not worried about the future, nor dwelling in the past. Mindfulness helps children (and adults!) remain focused on what is happening in the present: cognitively and emotionally, as well as keeping individuals tuned into their senses. (1)  

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Laptops Help Kids During Treatment

Laptops help kids with connection
Laptops help kids, like Wish List recipient Matt, connect to their world during treatment.

Laptops Are Able To Help Kids Cope With Isolation During Treatment

When a child has cancer, one of the challenges he or she faces is isolation from friends and classmates. While it’s often possible to keep up with schoolwork, it’s not so easy to maintain the social and group interactions experienced at school. But, laptops can help kids connect with their friends and classmates during treatment.

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Childhood Cancer Awareness: 10 Facts

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Childhood cancer is a daily reality for thousands of children across America. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During this month families, researchers, advocates, communities and other charities unite to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

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CT Scan vs MRI Scan – What’s the Difference?

CT Scan vs MRI Scan

CT scan vs MRI scan – both are diagnostic medical tests that, like traditional X-rays, produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of your child’s body. Radiologists use the images generated from these scans to detect, diagnosis, or monitor your child’s health during and after treatment. So, what’s the differences between a CT (computerized tomography) scan and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)?

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Ways to Manage Mouth Sores

Soft foods like soup and oatmeal which are served lukewarm are easy to eat and swallow.

Mouth sores. These painful little cuts or ulcers in the mouth can certainly make life miserable. In fact, eating, drinking and even speaking can become very difficult. While there currently isn’t any guaranteed way to prevent them, the good news is there are ways to reduce your child’s risk of getting them. In addition, there are ways to control and manage mouth sores if your child does in fact have them.

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The Power of a Wish List Gift

The power of a Wish List gift and the magic that happens when the package arrives reaches far beyond any words which could accurately articulate the transformation that occurs. Smiles immediately replace frowns, enthusiasm quickly replaces sadness, and tough days all of a sudden seem a little brighter.

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Bust Pediatric Cancer Patients’ Boredom

By Les Friedman, Mikey’s dad
Boredom is part of pediatric cancer patient treatment

Boredom – of all the side effects related to pediatric cancer patients’ treatment, boredom is probably not high on the worry list. But for kids, boredom and loneliness can significantly add to the struggles they face every day trying to cope with their treatment. To them, hospitals can feel like a whole lot of waiting around. And on days when they are feeling a little better, the boredom can be excruciating.

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Life Exists Outside of Cancer

Mikey’s Nuggets of Wisdom

Life Exists Outside of Cancer - Mikey's Way Day

“There is a pressing importance to remind pediatric cancer patients that life exists outside of cancer.” Mikey’s journal entries contain hundreds of nuggets of wisdom like this.

Mikey’s insight was reflected in the way that he lived and the words that he wrote. Crafted with the skill of a master many years beyond his age, Mikey’s expressive writings offer both a philosophical perspective and a unique glimpse into the world of a pediatric cancer patient.

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Your Child has Cancer – Accept Help

Fifty Ways People Can Help

by Les Friedman, Mikey’s dad

When your child has cancer, his life is turned upside down and your entire family is catapulted into a new world.  What was once manageable becomes challenging. Mowing the lawn, getting dinner on the table, changing oil in your car or walking the dog – there’s just not a lot of time for these things. Accepting help from other’s is difficult for many of us. But when your child has cancer, it is time to accept help wherever you can.

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