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ABOUT THE BOOK: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE I LOVE HAS CANCER

What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer is a book written with purpose of relieving the anxiety and confusion that comes from a parent, sibling, or other loved one's cancer diagnosis and treatment.

  • ⭐ "I love your books! You use the same wording so many child life specialists use to explain cancer. Thank you for writing these books!" — Amy F., CCLS.

  • ⭐ "This was an excellent book to help us explain a family member's cancer diagnosis to our 4 year old. It explains it in an accurate but not-so-scary and age appropriate way." — April, an Amazon customer.

When Sara Olsher was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34, her first thought was how to tell her six-year-old daughter without scaring her. As it turned out, explaining cancer was only the beginning. Treatment is long and causes a lot of ongoing changes in the family—all of which can be confusing, scary, and isolating for kids.

Join Mia and her stuffed giraffe Stuart as they explain the science of cancer and how a loved one's diagnosis and treatment affects a kid's day-to-day life.What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer? uses bright and fun illustrations to show how cells can turn into cancer, and helps reduce confusion about how cancer treatment affects a person and the kids in their lives.

"Most of the time we do the same things in the mornings. We wake up. We eat breakfast. (I like apples. Stuart only eats bugs.) ... when something big changes, what we do each day can change too. Stuart wants to know what happens to our days when someone we love has cancer."

    Pages from "What Happens When a Kid Has Cancer", the best book for kids with cancer by Sara Olsher

    Aimed at families with kids ages 4 to 10, this method of teaching is based on decades of solid science about how kids learn and cope with the major day-to-day changes that result from issues like cancer.What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer? is the perfect book for families that want to explain what cancer actually is and how it affects a kid's life, and applies to mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, and many types of cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer, blood cancers such as leukemia, and bone cancers.

    By creating a routine that kids can see and understand, parents can restore a sense of safety and predictability in their kids' lives, helping them to be more resilient in the face of life's inevitable challenges.What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer? helps families that want to reduce their kids' anxiety surrounding a scary diagnosis. It aims to empower kids with knowledge, which is proven to help kids through traumatic situations.

    Book to help kids understand a loved one's cancer diagnosis

    Meet Mia and Stuart

    Join Mia and her stuffed giraffe Stuart as they explain the science of cancer and how a child’s diagnosis and treatment affects their day-to-day life. What Happens When a Kid Has Cancer uses bright and fun illustrations to show how cells can turn into cancer, and helps reduce confusion about how cancer treatment affects a kid’s life.

    With her messy pigtails and sunny personality, Mia brings a bit of fun to books about hard topics. Explaining life's toughest stuff to her toy giraffe Stuart, Mia is the star of the What About Me? book series, where she's able to help kids feel safe by explaining exactly what they can expect when faced with big changes.

    About the Author

    Sara Olsher is the founder of Mighty + Bright, which helps families through hard things like divorce, cancer, and other major changes using visual magnetic calendars. Based on decades of research about emotional intelligence and how to talk to kids so they actually learn, Mighty + Bright's calendars have helped hundreds of families through some of the hardest times in their lives.


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    How it Works

    Kids develop confidence and high self esteem when they have a predictable, safe home base. Busy lives can be confusing to kids, and a personalized calendar helps them feel secure by showing them what to expect day-to-day. Visually display your child's entire life using steel buttons representative of school, common activities, custody schedules, appointments, and more. Use the calendar to show your child where they'll be and when. 

    About our charts

    Mighty + Bright's charts are fully magnetic, sturdy, and can be used on magnetic surfaces (like a fridge) or non-magnetic surfaces, like a wall, using our included wall-mount magnets. The charts are designed to be removed for weekly planning together, then returned to their place.

     
    Invest in multiple weeks to create a rotating, always-up-to-date command center. Thick + sturdy, our charts will last for years. They'll also grow with your kids, thanks to our additional magnet sets. Using our included wall set, you can hang your chart anywhere in your house, and never worry about damaging your walls.

    We include our special click-into-place wall magnets with every chart, so you have the flexibility to install your calendar wherever works best.

    Need to remove them? We partnered with Command™ to use their adhesive strips, which hold strongly on paint, wood, tile and more. They also come off cleanly - no holes, marks, sticky residue or stains.

    If you need to move your chart, you can purchase large Command refills at many retailers, including Target and Amazon.

    Not everyone has a magnetic fridge, and some charts are better suited for other locations, like:

    • near a child's bedroom
    • in the bathroom for morning and evening routines
    • on a kitchen wall
    • near backpacks in a mud room
    • on the back of a door

    About our steel buttons

    Mighty + Bright's 1.25" steel buttons are strong, sturdy, and will only work with our unique chart or other magnetic product. Why?These are NOT magnets, which aren't safe for kids.

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    Our Commitment to Giving Back

    Mighty + Bright's mission is to help kids cope with life's toughest stuff — and that is especially true of children affected by cancer.

    Resilience Campaign™, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was formed with the goal of providing every child affected by cancerwith the mental health resources to copewith unimaginable stress.

    Mighty + Bright is proud to matchevery dollar donated to Resilience Campaign™. We donate 10% of our profits, as well.

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    Mighty + Bright is proud to donate 10% of our profits and match every single dollar donated (with no limit) to Resilience Campaign
    to help kids affected by cancer emotionally cope with their diagnosis and treatment. Learn More >

    About Resilience Campaign™

    Life changes suddenly and dramatically for families facing cancer, leaving everyone — especially kids — feeling lost and scared.

    Resilience Campaign™ distributes psychosocial emotional support for pediatric cancer patients, their siblings, and children of adult cancer patients.

    These resources help families talk honestly and understand what to expect, helping them feel more at peace and comfortable navigating the "new normal."

    Working directly with children's hospitals and other nonprofit programs, Resilience Campaign™ gets resources into the hands of those who need it most, at no cost to the family.

    How to Get Involved

    No donation amount is too small or too large — and Mighty + Bright will match every dollar.

    Make a Donation

    A donation of just $25 helps a child understand and cope with their diagnosis. A donation of $50 helps a child and their sibling. Every donation will be matched by Mighty + Bright.

    Donate Monthly

    Resilience Campaign™ relies on monthly donors to plan when hospitals will receive kits. With Mighty + Bright's contribution, your $25 monthly commitment becomes $50. Check the box that says "Donate Monthly."

    Fundraise Online

    By creating a fundraiser on social media, you leverage the power of your network to help kids in need. Every donation you receive will be matched by Mighty + Bright.

    Donate at Work

    Many companies match employee contributions. Resilience Campaign™ is registered through Benevity Causes, which many employers process matches through.

    "When you give the gift of a book, you don't just give one gift. You give a gift every time that child opens the book and sees themselves."

    — Child Life Specialist working with Resilience Campaign™

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