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Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB®)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CLIMB® is a program that helps kids find the courage to deal with cancer in their families.

Talking to kids about cancer can be difficult. That's why Marshfield Clinic offers CLIMB®. This six week course, developed by the non-profit Children's Tree House Foundation, gives emotional support to kids who have a parent or other loved one diagnosed with cancer.

Children participating in the CLIMB® program learn that being sad, frightened and even angry is part of this family experience. CLIMB® helps children moderate their feelings without having to "stuff" them or feel overwhelmed. Participants bond quickly with other children going through a similar experience.

The CLIMB program at Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care consists of six weekly group sessions. Specially trained leaders encourage open discussions about cancer, treatments and possible side effects. They also use visual aids such as a big teddy bear, to demonstrate IV placement and other forms of treatment.

Kids create art projects and do activities to help them identify and express the complex feelings of a cancer diagnosis. Children receive a workbook that they're encouraged to share with their families. At the end of each six-week program, kids and their parents or other family members can attend a graduation ceremony, marking the progress they've made in coping with cancer in their families.

Program information

CLIMB® is offered free of charge four times per year. The program is geared toward children 5-12 years old. Registration is required.

Eau Claire Area

Marshfield Clinic Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care at Sacred Heart Hospital

900 W. Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701

To register for the CLIMB® program, contact Marcy Elwood or Nan Bethmann at 1-800-839-3956 or by e-mail at bethmann.nan@marshfieldclinic.org , or elwood.marcelyn@marshfieldclinic.org.

Rice Lake Area

Marshfield Clinic Rice Lake Center

1700 West Stout Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868

To register a child, contact Carissa Anderson (anderson.carissa@marshfieldclinic.org) or Joy Biever (biever.joy@marshfieldclinic.org​) by e-mail or by telephone, at 715-236-8235.

Children receive a light dinner such as subs or pizza at each session. We invite parents to join their children for dinner on the first evening.