Kids Kicking Cancer
Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer Program Promotes Healthy Living for Young Patients and Survivors
Having cancer or a blood disorder can mean missing out on childhood experiences that are often taken for granted. Due to treatment and other factors, some children find it challenging to participate in sports and other physical activities, even though these types of actions are closely linked to improved physical and emotional health.
Today, it is easier than ever for kids with cancer and blood disorders to remain physically active, thanks to Iris S. & Bert L. Wolstein’s Kids Kicking Cancer. This unique program was established with a $1 million gift from philanthropist Iris S. Wolstein, in memory of her husband, Bert L. Wolstein. The program is also supported by Cleveland State University, Cleveland Racquet Club, Lost Nation Sports Park, First Tee of Cleveland and other local groups.
Kids Kicking Cancer encourages young patients and survivors of cancer and blood disorders to be active and recognize the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating. The program offers a series of free athletic skills clinics in basketball, soccer, golf, tennis and swimming–all of which include lunch and are provided at no cost to participants or their families. Kids Kicking Cancer offers dietary interventions and exercise programs to encourage year-round fitness at home, and activities for children receiving inpatient care at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
With coaching from professional and collegiate sports players and games involving the patients’ doctors and nurses, Kids Kicking Cancer offers participants the chance to safely enjoy activity, as well as life. The gratis Kids Kicking Cancer program welcomes children and adolescents, both on or off treatment, no matter where they receive care.
For more information please contact Judy Weiss, Program Coordinator by email or 216-286-6553.