Children’s Medical Child Life Program Helps Normalize Hospital For Kids With Cancer


KNOW A WHITE SUV HAS SOMEHOW OVERTURNED. DALLAS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING. JUST OVER A DAY AWAY AND IN A FEW HOURS, PULLING TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHILDREN’S CANCER FUND. FOR SOME CHILDREN, THIS PROGRAM IS ESSENTIAL. Reporter: EVEN IF IT IS JUST A MOMENT, BRAXTON GETS A CHANCE TO FORGET ABOUT HIS HARSH REALITY. HE IS BUSY MAKING DRINKS AT THE CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER. HIS REALITY IS A TOUGH CANCER DIAGNOSIS. HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH NEUROBLASTOMA 10 MONTHS AGO. DOCTORS SAY HE WILL BE IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL FOR A WHILE . BUT THAT IS NOT STOPPING BRAXTON FROM BEING ANOTHER THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY. THE CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER IS KEEPING A WATCH ON HIS EMOTIONAL BEING. WHEN YOU WORK TO NORMALIZE THE HOSPITAL ENVIRONMENT. Reporter: THEY USE EDUCATIONAL PLAY TECHNIQUES TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN ABOUT THE PROCEDURES THEY HAVE TO ENDURE. IT TAKES AWAY SOME OF THEIR FEET AND THEY CAN COPE BETTER. Reporter: EARLIER THIS YEAR, BLAIR WAS DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOBLAST OMA. CANCER TREATMENT AREN’T EASY FOR ANYONE. THEY OFTEN LEAVE PATIENTS DRAINED OF ENERGY BUT THERE’S A LOT TO LEARN FROM THESE KIDS WITH INNER STRENGTH. EXPECT THESE KIDS WILL BE FEELING TERRIBLE AND THEY ARE STILL RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE HALLWAY.

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