BREWER – For the children of breast cancer patients, learning of the diagnosis can be difficult, and even more so during these times of social distancing.
The Breast Cancer Advisory Board at Northern Light Cancer Care helped to add a little hope, in the form of sunflowers.
Today, families dealing with breast cancer were invited to stop by the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute and pick up a sunflower seedling to plant and see thrive, in hopes of making the word “cancer” less scary for kids.
“When you hear cancer, it can be dark…it can be scary” that, according to breast cancer survivor and member of the advisory board Rachel Downs, “and to come here and get something like a flower, kinda makes it not so scary. So you take that flower home, plant it and when you look at it, you’re reminded it’s not so scary.”
Downs says, after the plant has grown, families are invited to snap a selfie with their sunflower, and it will be posted to an on-line virtual garden.