News Release

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Contact: Joy Vann (757) 668-8566, joy.vann@chkd.org

CHKD Childhood Cancer Survivors' Group

‘My Health, My Choice,’ Jan. 21-March 17

NORFOLK, Va. – Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager who has fought cancer can be really tough. But having a supportive group of friends and knowledgeable health care providers can make a difference. Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ has a free eight-week program designed for adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 21, who have completed cancer treatment. “My Health, My Choice” will be held from 6 to 7:30 Monday evenings, Jan. 21-March 17, at the Ghent Square Recreation Center, 852 Mowbray Arch.

The program, sponsored by a grant from the American Cancer Society, will prepare survivors of childhood cancer for independent living by making healthy lifestyle choices. Sessions will focus on exercise, nutrition, stress management, advocacy for medical follow-up and informed decision-making regarding substance use. On the final night, families will be invited to participate. The program is free, but space is limited. Call Karen McKinley at (757)668-7802 for information and to register.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to more than 160,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout the region.