Sibling Programs

Sibling Support

When a patient is diagnosed with a blood disorder or with cancer, the whole family is affected. The family, not just the patient, experiences frequent hospitalization, doctor visits, and changes in routines. Siblings of patients often experience feelings of confusion, guilt, anger, fear, abandonment, resentment and rejection when their brother or sister is diagnosed.All of these feelings are natural and are affected by the siblingís developmental level, perception of hospitalization and treatment, and may fluctuate from day to day.

Providing a support group for the siblings of patients living with a blood disorder or cancer allows them the opportunity to express their feelings, concerns, and questions about the treatment their brother or sister is receiving. In addition, it helps siblings connect with peers that share similar feelings.

Sibling Day at the BI-LO Charities Children's Cancer Center is ONLY for sibling of patients. This day or weekend during the year that is their time to receive all the attention and to be able to understand that it is okay to feel some of the emotions that they are experiencing.

Needs Met by Support Group

  • Emotional support for siblings of hematology/oncology patient
  • Self-expression opportunities for siblings dealing with a brother or sisterís diagnosis
  • Educational resources for siblings
  • Opportunities for siblings to ask questions in a safe environment of peers.
  • Opportunities for medical personnel to clear up misconceptions of siblings dealing with their brother or sisterís diagnosis.
  • Opportunity to provide a consist foundation of information as provided by a primary care physician.

Typical Sibling Weekend Activities

Game and Time to meet each other

Camp Activities: Climbing Tower, Zip Line, Swing, Swimming, Archery, Sling Shots, Nature Hut, Field Games, And Much, Much More

Therapeutic and Expressive Arts

Medical Talk with Nurse Practitioner Denise

Evening Activities: Movie, Scavenger Hunt, Talent Show, etc.

Siblings also have the chance to spend the weekend at Camp Courage. This is a time for siblings to enjoy camp on their own. Siblings are also involved in Family events, such as our fall carnival, athletic meet and greets, and Carowinds trip for patients 12 and under and their immediate family members.

For additional support for brothers or sisters of a child with cancer, referrals to SuperSibs is encouraged.