Being sick is no fun
There is a lot of research in new technology or drugs to improve therapy. Not so much on what we can do to improve how you are feeling about it.
Being sick when you are a kid is worse
So not only are you feeling blark, you are sent to a large hospital with lots of strange people, no family and nothing you can change or control. When you are beginning life that is not a place you want to be.
Being seriously sick for a long time is the worst
Instead of getting out of hospital and back to family and friends in a short time, there are children with serious illness that need a long period of care between hospital and home. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common cancer in children. That’s where we start.
When you are sick and feeling alone you need a friend
So while we think improved technology and pharmaceuticals are great, we also think that we can work to making sick children a little better by giving them a friend who helps them participate in their recovery. If that friend can help clinicians with feedback or functions that fit in with their clinical program that would be even better.