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Emanuel Cancer Center hosting virtual Monkey Business groups
Monkey Business provides support and coping skills for children and their families impacted by cancer. - photo by Photo Contributed

Cancer can be scary, especially for children. Emanuel Cancer Center is here to provide emotional support and a safe place for children with a loved one diagnosed with cancer.

Emanuel Cancer Center offers Monkey Business for children and teens, ages 5-17. Through meaningful and therapeutic activities, expressive art, games and stories, Monkey Business provides support and coping skills for children and their families.

“We have the goal of helping kids understand cancer and try to process their feelings. We provide coping skills to help ease their feelings of anger, sadness and fear,” said Sara Briggs, Monkey Business Coordinator. “Watching children get to know others who are going through the same experience as they are, is priceless.”

Monkey Business – led by trained volunteers and staff – is free and open to any child in the community, regardless of where the patient received treatment. Due to COVID-19, groups are currently being held virtually via zoom.

“Even though we can’t meet in person, we are still here for those impacted by cancer,” Briggs said. “We want our community to know there are resources available to them, even during a pandemic.”

Upcoming Monkey Business Dates: April 29, May 13 and May 27. All groups take place from 3-4 p.m.

For more information or to register, call (209) 664-5044. Pre-registration is required.