'Frozen' princesses visit The Cancer Support Center

2014-04-30T00:00:00Z 'Frozen' princesses visit The Cancer Support CenterFor The Times nwitimes.com
April 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

HOMEWOOD | The Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm Road, held Family Fun Movie Night on April 14 where families enjoyed refreshments and crafts while watching the Walt Disney Animation Studios production, "Frozen."

In addition to the movie, crafts, and refreshments, the event included an appearance by Disney princess impersonators, Elsa and Anna, played by Amanda Kochanny and Brenda Bass, of Premier Princess Parties in Palatine, Ill. Approximately eight families attended the event, totaling over 20 participants.

“When families are living with cancer nothing is ‘normal,’” said Kathleen Simpson, MA, LPC, and art therapist program director of The Cancer Support Center. “Providing time for families to come together and have fun is critical to maintaining a healthy family dynamic. Families are able to leave their worries at the door and enjoy ‘normal,’ even if only for a few precious hours.”

Each child made a snowman craft, received a stuffed snowman toy, donated by Eighner's Florist in Homewood, and sang along to the movie with the princess impersonators.

“The joy we received from the kids was immeasurable,” said Bass, who played Anna. “It was uplifting to see the kids experience the movie in a different way. One child told me that this was the first time ever meeting princesses in real life. That alone made the experience memorable. I am glad I volunteered my time to The Cancer Support Center, and hope I am able to volunteer in the future.”

The Cancer Support Center gives strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones. The center is a community-based, volunteer-driven, donor-supported organization. The programs, resources and services are always delivered by professional therapists, counselors, nutritionists, and experts and are provided in a warm, welcoming and nurturing setting at no cost to participants.

“For families living with cancer, there is constant uncertainty and chaos,” said Sue Armato, executive director of The Cancer Support Center. “Our family fun nights are designed to let them take a break from cancer and have some time that is full of laughter and smiles. It is good medicine.”

The center will host the next Family Fun Movie Night from 6 to 8 p.m. June 2,  at The Cancer Support Center at 19150 S. Wolf Road, Suite C, in Mokena, Ill. The event will feature Walt Disney's "Air Buddies - They Shoot, They Score, They Talk" about five golden retrievers. Families are invited to enjoy crafts, refreshments and on-site therapy dogs.

For more information contact Marketing and Communication Coordinator Allison Smith at (708) 798-9171 or asmith@cancersupportcenter.org.

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