Just For Siblings
American Childhood Cancer Organization publishes Oliver’s Story (in English and in Spanish), a book for siblings of children with cancer. Online, a few web sites are directed towards siblings themselves, while others offer information for parents.
American Childhood Cancer Organization Publications
Oliver’s Story: For ‘Sibs’ of Kids with Cancer
A 40 page illustrated book targeted for the 3 to 8 year old sibling of children diagnosed with cancer. Illustrated by Mike Dodd and written through the eyes of his six-year-old son Oliver, this resource focuses on the many questions that siblings have when their brother or sister is diagnosed with cancer, and offers constructive ways on how they can provide support. American Childhood Cancer Organization extends their heartfelt appreciation to the Davenport Family Foundation and Computer Associates for funding to make this publication possible.
La Historia de Oliver: Para los hermanos de niños con cancer, Oliver’s Story in Spanish. (See the book link, here)
Web Sites for Siblings
A site to honor and recognize the brothers and sisters of children with cancer, with welcome packets, trophies, advocacy, grief support, newsletters, scholarships, and more.
Examines the power of using popular music, something people already listen to, as a way for people to express their feelings. Includes examples of therapeutic messages in popular music as well as original music by Freudian Slip, therapeutic rock band.
Websites for Parents’ Guidance in Helping Siblings Cope
Both of the above give first hand accounts from several families on ways to help the brothers and sisters cope from Chapter 23 of Childhood Cancer: A Parent’s Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers by Honna Janes-Hodder & Nancy Keene
A short document that gives some tips on sibling issues with all disabilities
A 17 page document that discusses some practical advice as well as research on the topic published by National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.
For more information about the American Childhood Cancer Organization call 855.858.2226 or visit: