Neuroblastoma Peer Support Project
A diagnosis of childhood Neuroblastoma (Nb) leaves families in shock and fear. Given the unique nature of Nb compared to other paediatric cancers, family members often don’t know where to turn for support. These folks needn’t suffer alone and this program is designed to mitigate feelings of isolation during this terrifying time.
The main goal of the Nb Peer Support Program is to relieve some of the emotional suffering families experience by connecting existing, experienced and emotionally stable Nb families/individuals who are willing to share their experience to support new families/individuals shouldering the burden of a new diagnosis. This national, phone-based, peer support program will offer emotional support for parents, grandparents and/or siblings in need of a listening ear and will be designed to be accessible regardless of geography.
The CAST Projects Coordinator, Becca Partington, will be responsible for the development,
delivery and emotional support of all participants engaged within this program, as well as recruiting and training mentors to offer support while engaging hospitals to share this program with newly discharged families looking for a supportive shoulder to lean on.
Becca has managed similar programs across Ontario through the Ontario Brain Injury Association and is closely connected the family support element of The James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research, as well as the families connected to this cause.
For more information email Becca@thecastprojects.ca
Director Of Operations/Project Design Lead and Coordinator
Reducing Suffering and Improving Quality of Life
Designed in honour of James Birrell and those who loved him.