Bringing Comfort & Hope to Kids Battling Cancer
Project Hearts & Tails is a wonderful and heart-warming new program, designed to bring comfort and hope to children newly diagnosed with cancer. The program, free to children entering treatment around the country, is being rolled out in leading cancer centers.
Children will receive the newly published book "We’ll Get Through This Together!" in which a black lab shares his perspective of joining a boy going through every step of his cancer treatment. Written by Ulrike Szalay, the founder and Executive Director of Canines-N-Kids Foundation and illustrated by artist Roberta Marovelli, the book captures how dogs’ unconditional love, comfort and friendship help children get through scary, sometimes lonely and difficult times along the treatment journey. In the most of gentle ways, the book deals with the hospital setting, tests and treatments, physical changes kids may endure, and also acknowledges how difficult it can be to be separated from familiar routines, surroundings, one's family, home and support systems.
In addition, each child will also receive a soft, cuddly stuffed black lab pup with a yellow bandana (just as in the book) to take with them, wherever they go on their treatment journey, and who will provide comfort when they are in treatment.
In centers where it is possible to do so, Project Hearts & Tails integrates hospital-affiliated animal assisted therapy programs to benefit kids who are eligible to participate.
In a subtle way, the black lab character's role in the book is also a double entendre- as he well could be the patient going through many of the same aspects of the treatment journey, To that end, the book includes an Epilogue discussing the profound connection between children and our beloved pet dogs in the battle against cancer, and the work of the Foundation to advance comparative cancer research to accelerate the development of new and better medicines for the treatment of shared cancers afflicting children and man's best friend.
Want to Donate a Book and Stuffed Pup to a Child Battling Cancer?
For a donation of only $30, Canines-N-Kids Foundation will deliver a book and pup to a child entering treatment at a participating cancer, all thanks to your generosity!