Brain tumors are the leading cause of death in children with cancer. As a child’s mobility is limited by cancer, so is their ability to enjoy childhood the way they once knew. The simple joys of everyday activities, like playing outside, running around and riding bikes, becomes challenging and even impossible. Families struggle to engage and connect, as the child they love becomes withdrawn, angry and depressed.
Animals provide comfort, while often engaging the child to communicate and become more interactive and responsive. Their presence can reduce anxiety, even pain, increase calmness, bring a sense of peace and offer children something to look forward to. Our goal is to improve quality of life for these special children, as they navigate the most challenging time of their life.
“Bringing comfort, relaxation, and smiles to children facing life-threatening illnesses through the magic and love of animals. Our service is based on the power of human-animal interaction and its palliative effect on relieving symptoms and promoting quality of life.”
Demand for our service is rapidly increasing, as the Seattle area sees 40-60 new pediatric brain tumor cases each year. Currently, we can only serve a few families at a time, as our resources are limited. Our goal is to grow our program to meet the demand of all referrals. Our vision for growth is to one day own and operate a fully adaptive children’s farm in the greater Seattle area, providing a safe and inviting environment to fulfill our mission.