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Wednesday, 18 August 2021  |  12:00 - 13:00 ( UTC+8  | SGT )  

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We all want to be the best parents to our children, but when childhood cancer comes into the  picture, it can become a major challenge for parents. Rebecca and her husband were the main sources of emotional support for their son, Damien, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia at 23 months old. While supporting him through treatment, how did they build a strong parent-child relationship while allowing him to continue learning, growing and enjoying childhood?  Was the parenting journey lonely and how did they cope as parents without losing themselves? Join us in this next webinar as Rebecca shares her parenting journey and also some fun activities you can do with your child during treatment.


Join us for a VIVA Self-care Program Webinar on Real-Life Caregiver Stories - Parenting a child with cancer on 18th August, 12pm (GMT +8). Save the date and register your interest now!



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Michelle Hermiston

Rebecca Sit
Mother of an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor

Over the course of the last three years, Rebecca made the decision to put her career pursuits on hold to become a full-time caregiver to her son, Damien, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at just 23 months old in June 2018. When Damien finished six months of intensive chemotherapy, he attended Arc Children’s Centre, a day care centre for children with cancer. It was during this time that Rebecca started getting involved in projects to support and create awareness for childhood cancer. She currently helps with creating social media content for Arc Children’s Centre and volunteers in CCF’s Caregiver Support Program. Last year, Rebecca and her husband successfully organised a small fundraiser “A Christmas to Remember” to decorate the KKH Oncology Ward for Christmas. She has also shared her family’s childhood cancer journey in local media interviews, podcasts and webinars.  Damien entered remission in August 2020. He is doing well and recently started mainstream preschool.

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Laura Mei Lian Tan

Senior Nursing Lecturer, Global Outreach Program (Asia Pacific Region)
Paediatric Oncology, Department of Paediatrics
VIVA-University Children's Cancer Centre, National University Hospital

Ms. Laura Tan works at the VIVA-University Children’s Cancer at the National University Hospital as the Global Outreach Senior Nursing Lecturer where she focuses on expanding Nursing training to nurses in the Asia Pacific Region. Helping the nurses in the region to achieve their vision of how Paediatric Oncology Nursing can help transform the lives of children diagnosed with childhood cancer.

She also works with St. Jude’s Children & Research Hospital, The Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children Hospital and VIVA to establish the St Jude VIVA Asia Pacific Nursing Institute, focusing on planning and training regional nurses to enhance and provide quality nursing care for all diagnosed with childhood cancers. She supports and guide regional nurses in providing Patient & Family Education to ensure a continuity of care whilst patients are nursed by care-giver at home.