November 08, 2013
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.
Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WesleyCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please www.wesleymc.com.