Cancer treatment is a life changing experience for both the patient and its family. For children, the experience can be even more intimidating and frightening. Nurses together with Super Sibs! ensure siblings are not left out.
At the Burr Proton Therapy Center , patients’ siblings are included in playtimes. Rachel Bolton, R.N. is one of four nurses on the proton therapy team. She registers them in Super Sibs!, a nonprofit organization that provides services in the United States and Canada to recognize brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with cancer. They receive support tools, special mailings and items that recognize the unique role siblings have in helping a brother or sister heal. “Parents are grateful for this support, because they realize their other children are hurting, but don’t know what to do,” says Bolton.