Cancer is a lonely and terrifying journey. Even the word wafts fear. Living and navigating the journey is treacherous to one’s soul. It is easy to get lost and become ...read more

- Ruth

Children and Family

At LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, we believe that everyone in the family is affected by the cancer experience. Our children and family programs provide comprehensive educational, supportive, and recreational programs for children, teens, and parents experiencing cancer in the family.

CHILDREN/TEEN COUNSELING SERVICES

Changes in a child’s mood or behavior are common with the cancer experience. LivingWell offers counseling to help meet the unique needs of children impacted by a cancer diagnosis. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact LivingWell Counselor Christine McMinn at 630.315.6827.

Teen Drop-In is for teens ages 13 – 17 whose lives have been impacted by cancer. This time will provide teens the opportunity to meet other teens impacted by cancer. They will discuss changes they have experienced in their personal, family and social lives. For more information, please contact LivingWell Counselor Kelley Navar at 630.315.6825.

PARENT/FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES

LivingWell offers counseling services to parents and families impacted by cancer. Please call 630.262.1111 to set up an appointment and ask to speak to a counselor.

INDIVIDUAL/FAMILY CONSULTATIONS

LivingWell offers consultations with a member of the clinical staff for individuals and/or families interested in learning more about what specific programs and services would be of greatest benefit for them. Please call 630.262.1111 to set up an appointment and ask to speak to a counselor.

 

JUST 4 KIDS

Club Courageous
Thursdays, May 4 – June 29, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Club Courageous is a support group for children ages 7–12 who have been impacted by cancer. Attendees will participate in a variety of activities to help process their cancer experience. Facilitated by Kelley Navar, LCPC, LivingWell. Club Courageous is now also available in Warrenville. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Club BraveheART*
Thursdays, May 4 – June 29, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Open to potty-trained children ages 3 and up, this class is designed to give our younger participants an opportunity to explore through art and experiment with hands-on activities to open up their imagination. Facilitated by Cheri Hunt, Art Instructor, LivingWell. Please bring a paint shirt to each session. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

*Meets at the same time as Club Courageous

 

Expressive Arts Just 4 Kids
Monday, May 22, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

The LivingWell children’s counselor and LivingWell art instructor will help children share and discuss feelings that they may often try to hide. They will also create masks to help communicate and understand their emotions. This program is open to children ages 6 and older. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Nature and Art Camp
Friday, June 30, 11:00 – 2:00 pm
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles

Meet at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve for a day of combining nature and art. Enjoy a walk in the creek, make a botanical print and capture your day in clay. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and wet, apply sunscreen and bug spray, and pack a lunch. Open to children ages 5 – 13; more details available upon registration. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Sculpture
Saturday, July 15, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Children will spend a morning expressing their creativity through the creation of three-dimensional sculptures using a variety of materials. Open to children ages 7 – 13. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Science and Nature
Saturday, August 19, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Children will explore science and art as they learn to make silly putty and crystals, and paint agate slices. Open to children ages 5 – 13. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

FAMILY FUN

NEW! Art and Horses
Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am – Noon
Field of Dreams, 1N871 Brundlge Rd, Elburn, IL 60119

Spend a morning as a family interacting with horses and creating a unique piece of art. This program is open to children ages 8 and older that are accompanied by an adult. Participants will meet at Field of Dreams. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Juggling
Wednesdays, July 19 and 26, August 2 and 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Learn to be in the moment and reduce stress through juggling. If you can throw and catch a ball you can learn to juggle. Learn how to juggle three items in this class. This is fun for parents and children ages 10 and older; children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendance at all four sessions is encouraged but not required. Call 630.262.1111 to register. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.