Why we Exist

Research shows that our space contributes to more than 30% of any cure.
Our interior space triggers the brain’s healing processes.
— Roger Ulrich, Journal Science, 1984

  • Post traumatic stress symptoms (intrusive thoughts, physiological arousal, and avoidance) are common in parents whose children are currently undergoing treatment for childhood cancer. 01

  • Parents may continue to grieve long after the death of their child. 02

  • Symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder are well documented for parents whose children have completed cancer treatment. 03

  • Psychosocial care can be defined as services and interventions that enable patients, their families, and health care providers to optimize biomedical health care and to manage the psychological, behavioral, and social aspects of illness and its consequences to promote better health. 04

  • Chronic grief has been associated with many psychological (e.g., depression, anxiety) and somatic symptoms (e.g., loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, fatigue), including increased mortality risk. 05

  • For children and families, treating the pain, symptoms, and stress of cancer enhances quality of life and is as important as treating the disease. 06

  • 15% of children are diagnosed with anxiety, 10% of children are diagnosed with depression, 15% of children are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 07

01. Kazak et al., 2005
02. Kreichbergs, Valdimarsdottir,Onelov, Henter, & Steineck, 2004
03. Kazak et al., 2004
04. Institute of Medicine, 2008
05. Alamet al., 2012
06. IOM 2015 Comprehensive Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families
07. DeMaso & Shaw, 2010