Resources for Families
The Trish Greene Back to School Program For Children With Cancer
The Trish Greene Back to School Program For Children With Cancer offers free information and materials to parents and educators. The program was developed to encourage communication among parents, young patients, healthcare professionals and school personnel to assure children a smooth transition from active treatment to back to school.
To provide these resources to your patients, see below or contact an LLS Information Specialist.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Free Booklets and Videos
- Caring for Kids and Adolescents with Blood Cancer: A Workbook for Families - This workbook is written for the parent/guardian of a minor child (up to age 18), and includes information about caring for your child, treatment options, school, nutrition, financial and legal issues, and more. This Family Workbook includes a set of set of worksheets and activities and includes a tote, journal, pen and pill organizer. Click here to download PDFs or order a copy of the full workbook.
- Stars Will Twinkle, The Sun Will Shine - This is a 3-book series for young patients and their families about Olivia, a girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia. The series follows Olivia and her family as she is diagnosed with leukemia, goes to the hospital for treatment, and returns to school. Click here to order a copy.
- Also available in Spanish: Las estrellas brillarán, el sol también
- Learning & Living with Cancer - This booklet can help parents advocate for their child's educational needs. It examines the learning challenges your child may face both during and after cancer treatment, laws that protect the educational needs of children with cancer and specific ways that schools can help meet a child's educational needs. (Also available in Spanish.) Click here to download or order copies.
- Coloring and Activity Books
- Pictures of My Journey - Helps children cope with the new people, situations and concerns that are part of the childhood cancer experience. Click here to download or order copies.
- The Stem Cell Transplant - Helps children cope with having a stem cell transplant. Also for siblings, classmates, and children with a parent undergoing a transplant. Click here to download or order copies.
- LLS Coloring For Kids™ Mobile App - Allows children to express their creativity and offers activities to help them learn about blood cancer and its treatment. Click here to learn more or download.
- Why Charlie Brown, Why? - This video tells the tale of a classmate who is diagnosed with leukemia. Using Charles Schulz's lovable Peanuts characters, the video helps children understand what leukemia is, how it's treated and how a child recovering from leukemia feels. When a classmate teases the girl because she has no hair, her friends rally around her and help the other children understand why his remarks were hurtful. Produced by Charles Schultz and United Media.
You can view the video here. (Please note, there is an ad in the beginning of this video, and the video begins after about 15 seconds.)
To access more resources for children and young adults, click here.
For more information about The Trish Greene program, contact an LLS Information Specialist.
Before her death from cancer in 1999, Trish Greene, Ph.D., was the senior vice president of Patient Services at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She was devoted to patient services for cancer patients and created the Back-to-School program. Her devotion to patients and their families will never be forgotten.
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