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Winter 2020
  Parents, their Children and Cancer

ill child in bed   Jahni and Tyler

Parent-Child Communication when a Child has a Life-Threatening Illness 

Some parents of children with cancer are open to talking with their child about their illness and what might happen to them. Others don't even want to tell their child they have cancer. There are even times when parents don't realize how much their child knows and the child tries hiding it to avoid upsetting their parents. These are some of the findings from a POGO-funded study where researcher interviews reveal how parents and children discuss the child's illness, its impacts, their feelings and worries.
Learn more about the findings»

   

 

 

Becoming a Stem
Cell Donor:
How Jahni Saved His Brother's Life  

It was September 2017 when 10-year- old Tyler started “showing symptoms.” When mom Melody was told Tyler’s best chance for survival would be a stem cell transplant, the immediate family was tested but no one was a full match. Even a broad search by Canadian Blood Services was not able to locate a donor. That’s when Tyler’s doctor broke the news that his brother, Jahni, was a partial match and would fill the role. Jahni and Melody share their experiences.
Read Tyler and Jahni's journey»

 

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POGO Counsellor and Client New Name, Same Great Counselling Service  
A new year begins by sharing with you that SAVTI, POGO’s Successful Academic and Vocational Transition Initiative, has a new name. The POGO School and Work Transitions Program will continue to provide guidance, advocacy and empowerment for childhood cancer and brain tumour survivors as it has done since POGO first started providing these services in 2002. Feedback from our clients, community partners, counselling team and others, led us to a new name that better reflects the services for and benefits to childhood cancer and brain tumour survivors making the important, and sometimes difficult, transition from high school to post-secondary education or work.
Learn more about The POGO School and Work Transitions Program»

POGO PJ Party Stay up for the POGO PJ Party
Bust out your silkiest satins, fuzziest flannel or comfiest onesie and join us February 6th for the 3rd annual POGO PJ Party! An epic night of food, drinks, entertainment and so much more, all in support of POGO.
Get your tickets now at www.pogopjparty.com!»

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