Technology Trumps Lymphoma … Again

Children undergoing treatment for lymphoma have to deal with so much that often, what’s sacrificed is not just the kind of social interaction every child deserves, but also schoolwork and the chance to keep up with their peers.

According to Dr. Aziza Shad, chief of Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center, these kids can miss as much as three years of schoolwork during treatment.

A regional chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has taken a fantastic step to overcome that problem for kids undergoing treatment for lymphoma at Georgetown University Med Center in the Nation’s capital. The Society has donated to the hospital six laptops, all of which feature built-in Web cams so these kids can not only keep up with their schoolwork, they can also socialize with their friends and take part in lesson plans—in short, stay connected.

Six nicely equipped laptops is all it takes to help keep these kids feeling like they’re part of the everyday life of their peers. Can you imagine what this means for them? And can you imagine how little it required on the part of the donors?

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