The impact on siblings is immense
Robyn Thomas has had to grow up much too fast. For as long as she can remember, her big sister, Alex, has been fighting cancer, or dealing with the after effects.
Robyn has dealt with situations and emotions that are a struggle for adults, let alone children.
Our sibling support program - Super Important Brothers and Sisters (SIBS) - is especially for kids like Robyn, giving siblings professional support to help them through their brother or sister’s cancer diagnosis.
Along with encouraging peer support and friendships between children in the group, our trained professionals teach coping strategies and take kids through resilience building activities.
Robyn says “We learn about relaxation and breathing skills; dragon, elephant and bubble breathing. They help calm me down. The slow breathing helps me relax. I’ve even been able to use some of the things we learn to help Alex when she is anxious.
“SIBS makes me feel so much happier because I actually get a chance to shine. At SIBS, I’m not invisible - which I do feel a lot of the time. At SIBS, I feel like I’m not the one in the corner crying.”
Siblings have to cope with so much.
The long-term impact on Robyn has been enormous. Cancer has been part of her life for as long as she can remember. All of Alex's medical appointments. Waiting in hospital rooms and watching her sister afraid and in pain. Missing out on outings, holidays and ‘fun stuff’.
Your donation is so important. It will ensure that siblings like Robyn have access to the SIBS program. It also means that siblings have access to ongoing support from our trained psychologists, at a time when they need it most.
Help children just like Robyn.