Program Gives Kids Cameras to Help Them Cope with Cancer

A program at a Los Angeles hospital is working to help children with cancer cope with the daily stresses, worries, and complications associated with their illnesses by giving them digital cameras and teaching them some general principles of photography.  NBC News reports on the Pablove Shutterbugs program:

Layne [Simkins, age 12], now in remission, has come a long way as a photographer. His mother, Wendy Simkins, said she’s also noticed another kind of growth.

“It’s helped him come out of his shell a little bit more,” she said. “Since he’s been diagnosed with the cancer, he’s had a tough time, ’cause he’s stuck at home. This gave him an opportunity, when he was able to go out or do things, that he can look through the lens and not really think about what was going on with himself. [He] could really think about, ‘Wow. There’s a whole world out there, but this is just a small part of my life that I’m battling now. But I have such a great future to look forward to. And the world really is a beautiful place.”

Pablove Shutterbugs co-founder Jo Ann Thrailkill said part of the program’s purpose is to help bring a sense of normalcy to the lives of children afflicted with cancer.

Image: Digital camera, via Shutterstock

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