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As a friend of a child with cancer, you probably want to help him or her in any way you can, or help out the family. Cancer treatment can last for months, so any help you can offer over a period of time will be especially welcome. One of the best ways you can help a child with cancer is to lend a hand with the family chores. Think of an ongoing task that realistically fits your schedule, and offer to do it for as long as needed. This could be: babysitting the patient's brother or sister, mowing the lawn, taking care of pets, picking up basic grocery items, washing a car, etc.

Remember that the entire family is facing big challenges at this time, and may not have time to return calls or respond to your offers for help. It's usually best to check in every once in a while with a quick phone call to offer help or just say hello. Remind them that you're there to help, and tell them you'll call back in a few days.

Spread Some Cheer!
For patients who require extended hospital stays, offer to help decorate their room. Get other friends to make drawings or other arts and crafts pieces to cheer up the patient. ...   read more...

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