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The best ways to support a family facing childhood cancer

Offering the right kind of help to a family whose child has cancer can be difficult. Parents have shared the best ways other have helped them, so you can feel confident in offering meaningful support.

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tips from parents

“They were patient with us and let us talk in our own time.”

”Helped with the housework and picked up our other kids from school.”

”Started a Gofundme page to help with bills.”

”Offered to keep us company when we were stuck in the hospital for days at a time.”

”Didnt ask us how they could help – they just did something”

”Helped with simple household tasks like watering plants,  lawn mowing, collecting mail etc..”

”Wrote a nice letter or card, made a photo album, bought us flowers or a stuffed animal for our daughter to cuddle.”

”Organised a Zoom party so we could see everyone.”

”Made a food roster so we weren’t receiving ten meals a day.”

”Gave us a meal voucher for Uber eats.”

”Looked after our teenagers when we abruptly relocated for treatment.”

”Gave us parking voucher for the hospital.”

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