Childhood cancer is not only difficult for the child. It is often more difficult for the family; the world is changed forever for those dealing with the situation. There are a lot of things to deal with too. Aside from clinic visits and the occasional extended stays at the hospital, other parts of their lives often need to be put on hold.
If you know someone who has a child with cancer, there are actually a lot of things you can do to help. Below are three things you can do to help families dealing with childhood cancer.
Gift Cards and Aid
Having a child with cancer puts a lot of strain on a family’s finances. The treatments we have today are still not affordable enough and the family’s insurance company may not cover the entire cost of the treatment. Helping with the family’s finances would mean a lot to them.
It is never easy to give money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still help. The internet offers a lot of great tools to help raise enough money for the child’s treatment. Websites such as Go Fund Me and Kickstarter can be used for the purpose.
If you feel bad about giving money, gift cards are great alternatives to consider. Retailers are now linked through chains, which means you can purchase a particular type of gift card and the family receiving it will be able to get whatever they need from a range of shops.
Help with Career and Education
It is also not uncommon for parents whose child is going through cancer treatment to abandon their career, education or even their business. There are just too many things going on – and plenty more to think about – that working or completing a course seems unimportant. This, in turn, will cause more problems in the future.
With education, there are plenty of alternatives. You can help the family find a suitable online course from universities such as the Arizona State University. There are a lot of programs to choose from too, including online marketing degree programs and nursing-related majors.
Businesses are much easier to handle. You can donate your time and energy to help the family keep their business going. You can also help them start a new business if either – or both – of the parents are quitting their jobs.
Take Care of the Siblings
There are cases where the child diagnosed with cancer is not the only child in the family. In these cases, the siblings no longer get the full attention and care they need. It’s not because the parents don’t love them, but more because the burden of childhood cancer can be quite overwhelming.
Another help you can offer is taking care of the siblings. Again, there are so many things you can do in the situation, from helping them with school to simply taking them with you when you’re going on a family trip. The simplest things matter the most to families who are dealing with childhood cancer and those simple things can come from you.