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Cancer Support Community

Camp Description

For families with children, a cancer diagnosis can be even more complex with the unique challenges of the child’s response to crisis during a critical stage in his/her development. We know that there is acute stress for parents and families, especially when parents work and one or both of them is either receiving cancer treatments or caring for a loved one or sibling with the disease. It is critical to the parents that they know their children are being cared for in a supportive and safe environment. Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey has created a summer program in partnership with Big Blue Summer to provide a summer camp experience where kids can be kids in the face of cancer.  All campers will be granted the opportunity to attend Pingry’s Big Blue Summer Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by an immersion into the world of CSCCNJ through Hope Camp. This summertime program is an extension of our regular monthly social programming, designed to provide a free-of-charge therapeutic intervention where kids will have fun while supported by our staff of mental health professionals.

Team Members

Jesse Guzik, MS, CCLS, Child and Youth Program Coordinator

Jesse holds a Master of Science in Child Life from Bank Street College of Education, New York and is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She develops and implements activities and programming with a specific focus on dealing with psychosocial issues for children around a cancer diagnosis.

Katherine Schaible, MSW, LSW, Program Coordinator

Katherine holds a Master of Social Work from Boston University and is a licensed social worker in the state of New Jersey. As CSCCNJ Program Coordinator she is responsible for overseeing and scheduling all children’s and teen’s programming, and runs CSCCNJ’s School Based Support Groups.

Testimonials

“These programs have been so important for my family. It has been so helpful to me to know that I’m not alone on this journey”

“They have helped my sons to know that they aren’t the only kids who have a parent with cancer and have helped them express their feelings about my having cancer”

“My son no longer sees himself as a “special-child” as the way he often felt at school; he can now stay calm and not fearful of the word ‘cancer’, and it supporting me with a more positive optimistic attitude”