Family, Teens and Children programs provide a supportive setting where families can learn about cancer, talk about the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, learn effective coping skills and gain knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Programs are tailored to children under the age of 18.

Pre-registration is required. Click on the program title under Upcoming Events for detailed program information and to register.

Available on video at:
Talking with Children About a Parent’s Cancer Diagnosis
My Mom Has Cancer: What Happens Next?


Ceramic Blessings Bowls

In this two-part series, families learn about the benefits of practicing gratitude during challenging times through the creation of an art piece. Families experience the calming effect of molding clay and the satisfaction in creating a finished piece that can be taken home and used to practice gratitude. Open to cancer survivors and their children ages 5 to 18.

Equine Therapy

This program provides an opportunity for families to engage in a guided interaction with horses to explore feelings brought on by a cancer diagnosis and understand how cancer may affect family relationships. Horseback riding is not involved. Open to cancer survivors and their children ages 5 to 18. 

Family Day at COSI

Participants perform a variety of kid-friendly experiments and learn about how researchers create personalized medicine. Open to cancer survivors and their children 5 to 18.

JamesCare Explorers

An interactive program for children and teens who have a loved one with cancer. Includes an introductory video about cancer, an interactive tour of treatment areas and a hands-on family art project. Open to cancer survivors and their children ages 5 to 18.

Learning from Buckeye Athletes

Programs are held at various sports venues in partnership with the OSU Athletic department. Topics focus on healthy lifestyle and coping with unexpected life changes. Open to cancer survivors and their children.

Movie Night in the Shoe

JamesCare for Life hosts cancer survivors and their families at the OSU Athletics Department annual “Movie Night in the Ohio Stadium.” Program held during the summer.

Mindfulness for Families at The Franklin Park Conservatory

A mindfulness practice including meditation may help families and children cope with feelings of worry and uncertainty brought on by a cancer diagnosis. Families practice using their five senses on a guided tour and learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress. This program is offered in summer and open to cancer survivors and their children ages 5 to 18.

A Special Book For You (Children and Teen versions available)
Write down special thoughts, memories and wishes to share with your children.


A Special Book Teens          A Special Book Children

Upcoming Events

Family Day at COSI

3/21/2020 11:30:00 AM - 3/21/2020 2:00:00 PM

Ceramic "Blessings Bowl" for Families

4/19/2020 1:30:00 PM - 4/19/2020 3:30:00 PM

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