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September 21, 2022

Leucan and the Quebec Cancer Foundation join forces to offer art therapy workshops

Leucan and the Quebec Cancer Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership in a new project. This initiative will allow us to offer free art therapy workshops for the siblings of children with cancer, who are often neglected during the long treatment period of their brother or sister.

Did you know that art therapy helps children and teens communicate their feelings about cancer and reduce their anxiety levels?

Art to the rescue of all family members

These art therapy groups allow for a better understanding of one’s emotions, a new look at oneself, and the development of creativity. The art therapy project is perfectly in line with Leucan’s desire to better support all family members in the face of issues related to the disease.

Following discussions with the Foundation, the idea came up to offer psychosocial support through art therapy activities to siblings, who are often neglected during the long treatment period of their brother or sister. This partnership was a golden opportunity for Leucan to give these young people a special space to let off steam, a place to express themselves freely about what they are experiencing.Élodie Bergeron, Director, Family Services, Research and Partnerships, Leucan
Pilot project carried out by experts

Concerned about the physical and psychological well-being of all those affected by cancer, the Quebec Cancer Foundation works to develop partnerships that are increasingly diverse, but necessary, in order to support people affected by cancer, in all aspects of their lives and potentially affected by a diagnosis. The Foundation was the first organization to offer art therapy in cancer care by providing personalized support from a professional art therapist in an environment focused on sharing and listening.

It is only natural for the FQC to partner with Leucan to offer even more adapted support, especially to the youngest family members who also need to be equipped to get through this ordeal. Through this therapeutic support approach, we hope to break their isolation, boost their self-esteem and dispel the silence that too often surrounds the upheaval of the disease. »Marco Décelles, General Manager of the Quebec Cancer Foundation

Beginning September 27, 2022, the pilot project will begin with two virtual groups of 4 to 6 siblings, ages 8 to 14;

  • The groups will be facilitated by Lucie Sarrasin, an art therapist at the Foundation;
  • A creative kit of materials will be offered to each participant;
  • The workshops will be offered free of charge; the costs for the groups will be shared equally between Leucan and the Foundation.
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