BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Team Campbell Foundation has announced the launch of its Bereaved Parent Trip Program. Two years in development, the program aims to fill a void in the psycho-social care of couples who have lost their child to cancer, according to a press release from Team Campbell.
Team Campbell cites a study recently published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer, that surveyed families with children in treatment at Dana Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. More than one-quarter of the families surveyed lost more than 40% of their household income, and almost a third of them are faced with housing, food or energy insecurity. These findings surprised the team at Dana Farber, since they offer significant psycho-social assistance through their resource specialists.
Studies have shown that 50% of marriages are likely to fail if a child is lost. According to Robin Hoyt, co-founder and executive director of Team Campbell Foundation, the trip to Punta Cana that came just weeks after they lost their daughter, Campbell, to ependymoma, a rare form of brain and spine cancer, was essential to reconnecting with her spouse. “Greg and I know first-hand how important it is for bereaved parents to reconnect. We were inspired to create the Bereaved Parent Trip Program at Team Campbell Foundation to give other childhood cancer angel parents the opportunity to get away and spend time together, recovering and starting to heal as a couple.”
Cathy Cerutti, a social worker from The Valerie Fund Children’s Center supports the importance of psycho-social assistance and the Bereaved Parent Trip Program, “The loss of a child defies logic. The process for most is untenable under the best of circumstances. Reuniting and finding each other as a couple with this opportunity will start the process toward what most identify as the “new” normal.”
Those interested in helping send bereaved parents on such a trip can visit www.teamcampbellfoundation.org or stop by Gary's on October 14 between 3-7pm, Saturdays on October 29 and November 5th and on Tuesday, November 22nd and purchase raffle tickets to support the program. The proceeds from Team Campbell Foundation's Caribbean Vacation Raffle fully funds the Bereaved Parent Trip Program. The Caribbean Vacation Raffle will send one couple on an eight day/seven night all-expense paid vacation to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (airfare and spending money included) and help grieving childhood cancer parents. Tickets are $40. For more information about Team Campbell Foundation, to make a donation or purchase raffle tickets, or visit www.teamcampbellfoundation.org.