CLIMB® Program


Talking to kids about cancer can be difficult. That’s why Hoag offers a special support group for children called CLIMB® (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery).

This free, six-week program, developed by The Children’s Treehouse Foundation, provides emotional support to children who have a parent or caregiver with cancer. The CLIMB® program at Hoag offers 2-hour group meetings each week consecutively for 6 weeks for children between the ages of 7 and 12.


During these fun, interactive meetings, conversation and art are used to help children:

  • Enhance their knowledge of cancer and its treatment,
  • Identify and appropriately express complex feelings,
  • Improve communication with parents and family,
  • Learn that cancer is “not their fault,” and that they are not alone!


January 13 – February 17, 2020 | 3 – 5 p.m.

Meets weekly on Mondays

Hoag Cancer Center Irvine

16105 Sand Canyon Ave.

Irvine, CA 92618

Canyon Creek Room

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During the children’s meetings, a support group is held concurrently for parents. Facilitated by Hoag Chaplains Gerald Arata, M.Div., and Lisa Nollette, the group touches on the same topics to assist parents in building communication skills among the entire family.

The CLIMB® program meetings are limited to 8 children per session to ensure individualized support, and include dinner.


To register, contact:

Marie Miao at 949-557-0244 /

Cait Glenn Lavranos at 949-764-1870 /