Heading back to school in just a few weeks, the children of Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield counties will face many new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some will also be navigating through issues at home, including a parent’s illness or issues with their own health. Statistics show that about 10,500 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone and 2.85 million children under the age of 18 are living with a parent diagnosed with cancer.
Teachers, principals, and superintendents often seek our help in finding ways to effectively support these children. This is where the Gilda’s Club Westchester School-Based Program comes into play.
Since 2007, Gilda’s CLASS has helped support students who have, had or know someone living with cancer to feel less isolated and answer their many questions. Offering support and knowledge to both schools and children has been key to making children impacted by cancer feel more comfortable with their peers. Facing cancer at home can make a child feel alone and as if they don’t belong. These feelings can cause difficulties with schoolwork, friendships, and their mental health.
Gilda’s CLASS was designed to help families, students and educators throughout Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield counties navigate the challenging cancer journey. With licensed mental health professionals at Gilda’s Club Westchester, we can offer mental and emotional support to children and teens of all ages.
If you are a parent or teacher and would be interested in learning how Gilda’s CLASS can work with you to offer support and education within your school, please contact Jaime Aker, LMSW, Children, Teens and Families Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 644-8844; www.gildasclubwestchester.