Chemonkey

From Teresa Barker

Cancer is an illness that change the life of who is living it, and the people who is surround. Due to this pathology, the routine, habits and custom of the child and the family, are strongly altered.

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Cancer is an illness that change the life of who is living it, and the people who is surround. Due to this pathology, the routine, habits and custom of the child and the family, are strongly altered.

Chemonkey is a project for kids who are living chemotherapy process, during the investigation, we realized that there wasn't any guide that the parents could use to explain their kids what they were living or were about to live. This is a hard task to do, because they don't know how to do it and the proper words to use. The main aim of this project is to ensure the kid's emotional well-being, to improve his experience and also to prepare him, so that he can face, in a better way, all the process.

Chemonkey works as a tool for explaining, by an optimistic way and with proper words, the treatment and the side effects of it. So kids could understand their illness. The main character of the book is a monkey, who already lived the treatment, it shares his experience and will be their new best friend, who will share all this time with them. It increases kid's well being and help them to say their feelings, what really matters during this time.

(We tested the prototypes with three kids, in all of them increased their self esteem , some of them believed that if her monkey could do it, she could too. They became brave and stop cover their eyes because of the needles. Also, it helps to the parents, because kids reflected themselves in the monkey, so if the monkey wants to sleep, they are trying to say that they're tired, so that is really helpful for the parents to know the emotions of their child)

Please consider giving a donation to this project, any amount will help. Whether you can give or not, please share this widely with friends on facebook, twitter, e-mail, or any other social media. The more people who see this project, more kids will be happy - developing physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social strength in the kids who receive this kit.

 

 

The monkey hangs in their neck and chest, so it protects their port.

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