Dempsey Center will offer workshop for children

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LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center will offer a free six-week workshop for children and their parents, or adult caregivers, affected by cancer.

Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, a program designed by the Children’s Treehouse Foundation, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 22, at the Dempsey Center, 10 High St.

The sessions will deal with the affect cancer has on children. A light meal will precede a group session where adults will focus on parenting through the difficult time. The children’s group will focus on a select topic and feeling. The schedule will be as follows:

March 22: All About Me – children will be encouraged to share things about themselves.

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March 29: What’s Cancer? – a field trip to the hospital will make cancer treatment more understandable and a little less scary.

April 5: It’s Okay to Feel Sad – an art activity will help children talk about difficult feelings.

April 12: Cancer Can Be Scary – children will talk about things that scare them and things that make them feel strong.

April 19: It’s Not Fair – an art project will held children identify things that make them mad, how to talk about them and how to let those feelings go without harming themselves or others.

April 26: Get Well Soon – each child will create a get well card that will express some of their feelings.

The groups will be co-facilitated by Tookie Bright, MSW, intern and Renee Courtemanche, RN, OCN. Terri Quatrano-Simpson, LCSW, oncology social worker, will lead the parent/caregiver’s group.

To register, call the Dempsey Center at 795-8250 or toll-free at 1-877-336-7287 or visit www.dempseycenter.org.

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