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“A Boy Named Finn,” a 12-minute video, is a gentle overview of cancer and common treatment experiences created for younger children. The show fills a need by providing high-quality programming about a difficult subject.
Finn’s story, featuring puppetry, animation, and live action, was produced by KidsHealth and Little Airplane Productions, creators of “Wonder Pets!” and other award-winning shows for preschoolers.
Finn’s story aims to answer common questions and relieve anxiety about hospital stays, medicine, needles, and being separated from parents. “A Boy Named Finn” was created with help from pediatric oncologists, child psychologists, social workers, and other experts in pediatric cancer treatment. We’ve created a guide for parents and other adults who would like help using the video with young cancer patients.
But we didn’t forget our audience. Finn jokes, sings songs, and does some silly dancing to keep the mood upbeat and playful. Finn retells his own cancer story, which began when he was diagnosed at age 4. The show flashes back to that first day in the hospital and how he adjusted to his stay there and got to know the doctors and nurses who would take care of him. Finn also shares how he and his family stuck together and made it through difficult days.
“A Boy Named Finn” was created, in part, by a grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels®.
Visit our Cancer Center for teens to get information and advice on treating and coping with cancer.
Cancer is a serious illness that needs special treatment. Find out more about how kids can cope with cancer.
From treatments and prevention to coping with the emotional aspects of cancer, the Cancer Center provides comprehensive information that parents need.
Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. But support groups, social workers, and family friends often can help.
It’s unusual for teens to have cancer, but it can happen. The good news is that most will survive and return to their everyday lives. Learn about how to cope if you or someone you know has cancer.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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