Bringing H.O.PE. to those who are important to you

WHY

Cancer is a scary subject.  Children’s Cancer Network wants to make sure that you, your family, and those close to you understand not only the basic facts about childhood cancer, but also have access to tools to explain childhood cancer in an age-appropriate way to those who are significant in your world.  H.O.P.E. can ease the anxiousness and worry that you may feel in having to explain things over and over. Participation in one of Children’s Cancer Network’s 55-minute H.O.P. E. Classes is open to those you value in your world and gives you a common language on which you begin your journey.  It gives the power and control back to you in this difficult and heart-wrenching situation.

WHAT

Honoring Our Peers Every Day, or H.O.P.E. teaches everyone who is part of your village, family, sports teams, troops, schools, dance teams, church groups, friends and your support system, what this cancer journey is all about for you and your family.  At no point are details about your child’s specific cancer or treatment discussed.

H.O.P.E. gives a glimpse into the general realities of this cancer journey that you did not ask to be a part of, but nonetheless find yourself in the midst of as you search for your new normal. 

Centered around 2 short videos, “What is Cancer?” and “Cancer is the Worst”, H.O.P.E. offers three components – education, compassion and action – that together build understanding and lifelong skills of respect and acceptance for all people in school and the community.

The first video, “What is Cancer?”, shares age-appropriate basic knowledge about childhood cancer while the second video, “Cancer is the Worst”, allows the participant the privilege of seeing into the hearts and minds of cancer fighters who are battling this life changing disease.  All videos are positive and share information in age appropriate ways.  Responses to these videos have been extremely positive from all ages.

Developed in 2016 and tied to the Common Core, Science, and Counseling standards, the program answers many questions about childhood cancer and breaks down barriers so that you and your “village” can talk openly with each other.

HOW

The 55-minute, interactive, age appropriate presentation can be presented in person or virtually via Zoom. Groups can be large or small done assembly or classroom style in the school, at your church, with your friends and family, or with your child’s sports team. 

H.O.P.E. educates youth about childhood cancer while empowering them to make a difference for childhood cancer survivors and all classmates.

The H.O.P.E. team also offers strategies for how youth can become a H.O.P.E. ambassador at their school and in their community. In addition, there is an important connection between H.O.P.E. and STEM education by inviting students to apply their knowledge of science in a real-world environment.

Resource boxes with pre and post activities are available to participants upon request.  The Ways to H.O.P.E. poster is available to display in the best location.

WHEN AND WHERE

You name it, we will accommodate the best we can for you!  Zoom…absolutely!  In person… Of Course!  For a small group…totally!  For a large group…Why yes!  For families and friends all over the world or country…Definitely!

If you are interested in participating in one of Children’s Cancer Network’s regularly scheduled H.O.P.E. classes or would like to schedule a H.O.P.E. presentation for you or your group, please call 480-398-1564 or email sharon.wozny@childrenscancernetwork.org.

Children’s Cancer Network looks forward to sharing H.O.P.E. with you.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT H.O.P.E.

Since the program’s inception, H.O.P.E. program volunteers have reached over 8000 students at Arizona schools across the state. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  Now, Children’s Cancer Network is thrilled to expand the focus to include any and all of the people that are significant in a child’s life.  H.O.P.E. can provide information and practical knowledge to sports groups, churches, extended family members around the country and more.  

I still get goosebumps when I read the letters from kids after your H.O.P.E. visit. I will never forget how Ben’s attitude changed from quiet apprehension to joy at the thought of returning to school.

Mom of a childhood cancer survivor, Lake Havasu City

Great work. I thought that it went very well and the students were very engaged.

Dr. Christopher Thuman, Principal, Ingleside Middle, Scottsdale Unified School District

The past H.O.P.E. presentation for Sophia’s siblings was wonderful!  Upon leaving the school, the principal said that a student went up to her and said 'I learned so much today, I will do my best to be nice to people in my school.'  I just love attending the different schools and observing the kiddos different interactions with their fellow classmates.  H.O.P.E.’s mission is such a simple concept, yet it seems to be practiced so rarely, mutual respect and kindness are always in style!  When these values are presented as a visual and interactive experience for the school aged student, they are something that is easy to understand and incorporate into their daily lives.

Jodi Rall, Teacher Specialist at Banner Thunderbird

Your program is so comprehensive and interactive that it grasps the audience’s attention and heart strings. School administrators are constantly amazed by how smoothly the presentation flows with all aspects of effective classroom management embedded into learning incorporating all types of learning styles. Students not only walk away with knowledge on what cancer is and how it affects their peers but also a sense of empowerment on how they can be a positive change in other’s lives.

Ashely Brock, Education Specialist at Banner Diamond’s in Tucson