KidsCan! Program

Short Overview

KidsCan! supports children ages four to 18 who have a parent or significant caregiver with the diagnosis of cancer.


Kids think differently than adults. When families go through the stress of a cancer diagnosis, the children in the family sometimes need extra help understanding and coping with their feelings and emotions.

A trained facilitator helps children and teens to express their feelings through various activities in a safe and protected environment.

The children can discuss their feelings with others who are going through a similar experience, which can help them feel less isolated and alone. While the children meet in groups that are divided by age, the parents meet  with a facilitator and discuss the challenges of supporting children and teens while living with a cancer diagnosis.

Each month the group focuses on a different theme, e.g., what is cancer, changes in family life, feelings, hope and cooperation at home. The children explore these themes through games, activities, and discussion which are adapted to meet the needs of children and teens of different ages.

KidsCan! provides helpful information and a welcoming community which creates an invaluable support system for families living with the diagnosis of cancer.

Duke Cancer Center - Durham
To register or for more information please call 919-684-2913 or e-mail Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month at the Duke Cancer Center Durham from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Duke Cancer Center - Raleigh
To register or for more information please call 919-954-4117 or e-mail Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Duke Cancer Center Raleigh from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This program is generously supported by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program, the Holt Foundation, and private gifts

About the Holt Foundation


Established in 1999, the Holt Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity established to provide education and support for the entire family affected by the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment. The Foundation strives to be a positive influence on the lives of those struggling with cancer in all of its forms in honor of the late Ojetta Holt-Shoffner. The Holt Foundation strives to provide assistance, with a focus of efforts on communication, education, and leadership, for children who are dealing with their parent’s illness.

Visit the Holt Brothers Foundation website for additional information.

Learn more about support services for families facing cancer at Duke.