Summer Fun for Kids with Cancer

May 28, 2013

This story originally appeared on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's blog 'Insight.' 

For many families with children, summer is a time for vacations, outings, and fun. However, a summer vacation when your child has cancer can seem out of the question. But sometimes, a summer getaway is just what the doctor ordered.

I’m not suggesting a month in Paris, but a few day trips or long weekends can help a family heal. I know this all too well. In 2006, my then 4-year old son Charlie was diagnosed with leukemia. Charlie later relapsed and had a bone marrow transplant. Despite our challenges during the four years Charlie battled cancer, we had some wonderful family vacations. Some were a week long and others just a few hours.

Here are some tips for keeping your family active and adventurous. Be sure to plan around your child’s treatment schedule and check your ideas with his or her doctor.

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