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Tree House Gang Offers Support for Kids of Cancer Patients

December 06, 2017

For more information, contact:

Beth Jansa, Public Relations Manager

404-501-7481 beth.jansa@dekalbmedical.org

Tree House Gang Offers Support for Kids of Cancer Patients 

Atlanta, GA - A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming and scary for everyone in a family. DeKalb Medical cancer patients are encouraged to involve their entire family in their treatment including children to foster understanding and calm fears. The Tree House Gang support group offers children an opportunity to talk, learn, and share their experiences about a parent, grandparent or family member with cancer. The program gives children encouragement, education and hope for the future. 

Tree House Gang Coordinator and Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Rose McKeever (pictured with members of the group) reports that many almuni come back to work with current members and several go on to work in the healthcare field because of their positive experience with the support group. 

During the holidays, Tree House Gang kids design greeting cards to raise funds and create awareness for the group.  Each card is uniquely illustrated by the members and proceeds go towards outings and educational activities.

The Tree House Gang is free and open to children between five and 18-years-old. A new session begins in January. For more information on joining the Tree House Gang or purchasing greeting cards, call 404-501-3739 or  visit http://www.dekalbmedical.org/our-services/cancer-care/Support-Services/support-groups/the-tree-house-gang.

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About DeKalb Medical

DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses (DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Long-term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale), as well as 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices with 115 providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Its medical staff includes more than 800 doctors in 55 specialties. In 2017, Atlanta Magazine named 83 DeKalb Medical physicians as “Top Doctors.” 

Founded in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, a wellness center and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. DeKalb Medical is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.