News Release

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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

'Someone I Love Has Cancer', Jan. 19

For children who have an adult family member with cancer

NORFOLK, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will present “Someone I Love Has Cancer,” a free support group activity for children ages 5 to 12 who have an adult family member with cancer, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Pediatric Specialists office, 885 Kempsville Road, Suite 200.

The diagnosis of cancer can be a scary thing for anyone. Cancer is not like illnesses children are familiar with. Usually the doctor gives you medicine and you feel better. With cancer, the medicine makes you sick and look different. Children have lots of questions but often do not know who or how to ask. The program will be lead by nurse practitioner Stacy Kucharczk and CHKD social worker Karen McKinley. It will feature education, games, activities, sharing and snacks. It is free, but space is limited. Call Karen McKinley at (757)668-7802 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 its service region.