New Program at UAMS Offers Support to Children of Cancer Patients

By Susan Van Dusen

CLIMB, which stands for Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, will be offered from 5-7 p.m. for six Tuesdays starting Oct. 2 in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. There is no cost to participate, and pre-registration is required. To register, call Carrie Calhoon, LCSW, at 501-603-1612.

Separate groups for children ages 6-12 and their parents meet simultaneously and are led by oncology social workers. Siblings are welcome to attend together.

While the children’s group includes art projects and sharing intended to help process feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and anger, the adult group focuses on ways to support their child’s ability to cope with their parent’s illness.

CLIMB is a national program sponsored by The Children’s Treehouse Foundation.


UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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