17 cancer survivors join first youth camp

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SEVENTEEN young cancer survivors are participating in an overnight camp that seeks to share their experiences with fellow peers.

The participants, aged four to 18, joined the first youth camp for cancer survivors at the Health Promotion Centre.

Organised by Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Paediatric Occupational Therapy Unit, the camp would see the youth participating in recreational activities.

Senior Occupational Therapist Tsara’ Nawwarah Abdullah Chen, said the camp was proposed after some staff went for an exercise held by the Children’s Cancer Foundation Singapore.

“The event aims to allow the children to enjoy themselves like any other child with the camp and activities readied for them,” she said.

“It also allows us to help lift some of the heavy responsibilities involved when caring for children with cancer,” she added.

She said the Paediatric Occupational Centre hoped to make the camp an annual event to offer new experiences for other cancer survivors.

Run by occupational therapists, paediatric nurses and volunteers, the two-day camp sees each child assigned with one volunteer companion.

Originating from Sydney, Australia, the camp for cancer survivors is an annual programme devoted to children at no cost.

The participants were expected to visit the Agro-Technology Park in Kg Tungku for a picnic outing today.

The Brunei Times