What Professionals Say About CLIMB and The Children’s Treehouse Foundation

With the CLIMB® program now being provided at 91 cancer centers in 31 states in the USA and seven foreign countries, here’s what professionals say about the program and The Children’s Treehouse Foundation:

“The Children’s Treehouse Foundation’s has been an invaluable tool for the oncology patients, children, and staff at MD Anderson throughout the past eight years.  CLIMB not only benefits the professionals who receive training by providing practical tools to implement the program, it also provides an immeasurable experience and crucial support to the families who participate.  Over the years, we have assisted more than 150 children and their parents, and the coping support they receive through the program is priceless.”

—Marisa B. Nowitz, MSW, LCSW, Social Work Counselor
The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.


“At Cancer Treatment Centers of America, we are completely focused on Patient Empowered Care, which means that we put the patient at the center of everything we do. I’m a huge supporter of CLIMB, as it allows me as a nurse to empower not only the patient, but the entire family. Patients frequently ask me, “How do I explain my cancer to my kids?” CLIMB provides me with an answer to that pivotal question and allows me to offer support to our patients and their families, including more than 100 kids, during their journey.”

—Lindsay Rehm, RN, OCN, Education Specialist,
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® ,Tulsa, OK.


“At Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center in Eau Claire, WI, we have offered the CLIMB program to our patients and their families for six years and have graduated more than 125 children! It has been an honor and a joy to facilitate the program. We also provide the program at our Rice  Lake center. Over and over again, the parents have expressed how much it has helped their children cope and have a better understanding of cancer. This, in turn, has provided comfort to the parents and the help that they were looking for.”

—Nan Bethmann, RN/OCN, Survivorship Coordinator, and
Marcy Elwood, MSW, Oncology Social Worker, Marshfield Clinics, Eau Claire, WI


“We absolutely love the CLIMB program and all 10 kids are coming. This is the most rewarding program I have ever done in my career!”

— Blair Edgar, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker,
Sacred Heart Cancer Center, Pensacola, FL