Howard Hand In Hand Support Program For Children
A $150,000 donation from Howard Family Dental bolsters a free program that helps children cope when facing the serious illness of a parent or loved one.
The Howard Hand In Hand Support Program for Children at St. Joseph’s/Candler provides support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life threatening disease.
This free program helps children cope with and process their thoughts and feelings –often fear, sadness, anger, confusion--about how life has changed for them and their families because of illness or disease.
Howard Hand In Hand is open to the children of any patient with a serious illness.
One on one sessions can be scheduled if that fits the child and parent's needs best, either in person or via Zoom.
Contact: To learn more, please call 912-819-5671.
The Howard Hand In Hand program features:
- One-on-one counseling in a location convenient for both child and family.
- Maximizing the child’s support system.
- Facilitating honest communication about the illness and their emotions.
- Addressing common questions.
- Guiding children affected by anticipatory grief.
Why Howard Family Dental Chose to Give
After losing his own mother to cancer as a child, Dr. John Howard, Founder of Howard Family Dental, desired to support children in a similar situation. Children of cancer patients that are unsure what is happening within their family, why their family member is not feeling well or acting the same and who they can talk to about their family member's illness. Dr. Lindsay Sammons, Director of Howard Family Dental Foundation, also experienced her mother's fight against breast cancer as a young girl. Fortunately, her mother is in remission. Dr. Lindsay knows firsthand how cancer can affect the entire family. Together with St. Joseph's/Candler Foundations and the support of all Howard Family Dental team members, HFD has vowed to raise funds and support the Howard Hand in Hand program.