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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Sep 8, 2021

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Over the last four-and-a-half years, I have had the opportunity and honor to interview many parents who are a part of a club that they didn’t ask to be in.  There is a common bond when you can look at another parent and say you have been through exactly what they are going through.

I wanted to go through some of the amazing stories we have been able to share, and give you some of the clips and audio tips that we have gotten from so many families on this podcast.

This episode includes clips from…

[0:55] Tara Garaghty, founder of Making Cancer Fun 

[4:45] Rosaria, sharing her experience of when her son was diagnosed with cancer

[5:38] Gillian, sharing her experience with her daughter’s infant leukemia and its long-term effects

[10:03] Scott Kramer, who turned his journals from his daughter’s hospitalization with a brain tumor into a book, and started an organization called Dancing While Cancering

[15:49] Elizabeth Billups, who wrote a book for her daughter called The Puddle Jumper’s Guide to Kicking Cancer

Along the way, we’ve been able to share a lot of family stories about dealing with cancer and you can go find all of these and more at, as well as a lot of resources you can print and share for children and caregivers.

Have you heard?  The Child Life On Call mobile app for parents, kids and their care team will be available in 2022.  Sign up to stay informed here.

Child Life On Call is a community of parents and professionals that share ideas, stories and resources to help YOU navigate your child’s unique experiences. We give you strategies to support yourself and your family through life’s challenges.  We are so glad you are here.