KidsCan! is a unique program that provides education, emotional support, peer empathy, and inspiration for children with a parent with cancer.
During monthly group meetings at local hospitals, facilitators help kids understand the disease and treatments. They also provide emotional support through activities, arts and crafts, group discussions, and music and puppetry.
The programs, geared for children aged six to 16, are led by professionals within the field of oncology – all of whom have experience working with cancer patients and their families.
Science Makes Learning Fun
Some of the children also participate in a one-day science club held in conjunction with Dr. John Cavanagh, a noted cancer researcher at NC State University.
From egg drops to DNA research, the kids spend a day in the lab learning about the role of science. Dr. Cavanagh brings it all to life by describing his experience and demonstrating the successes he is finding in the lab.
Torry says the club gives kids hope, but it also inspires them to consider pursuing a career in science. “Imagine thinking you could be like Dr. Cavanagh and change the world?”
Football in the Mix
The Holt Brothers have tickets to NC State football and basketball games, all of which are donated to children who participate in the KidsCan programs in North Carolina. In St. Louis, where Torry spent most of his NFL career, they donate tickets to St. Louis Rams games to KidsCan! participants.
“We try to give the kids and their families a social outlet, a way to forget about hospitals and medicine,” says Terrence. “KidsCan! is a pretty intense program. We try to make sure it’s also fun.”