WICHITA, Kan. – Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program™ is launching a local effort to assist children living with cancer by donating 24 Chemo Ducks to Wesley Medical Center. In partnership with the hospital’s child life specialists, the Chemo Duck program will be used to educate families about cancer treatment and alleviate anxiety in young cancer patients.
The pediatric patients can manipulate the medical equipment attached to the Chemo Duck. This type of play teaches them about the treatment they will have and increases their comfort level.
“Gabe’s Chemo Duck is instrumental in providing a multi-faceted approach to our patients and families newly diagnosed with cancer,” said Megan Bulcock, Wesley child life specialist. “Chemo Duck is a cuddle item on the surface, providing comfort to our young oncology patients, but it can also be used as a non-threatening educational tool.”
Over 20,000 children with cancer have been provided a Chemo Duck and companion material to help them through their difficult journey.
For more information about Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, please visit www.chemoduck.org.