onco dads

What do you get when you combine good food, drinks, a great location, fishing gear, dumplings for bait and a group of men with plenty to share? We call it the launch of JBF OncoDads the newest JBF initiative that focuses exclusively on the fathers of paediatric oncology patients. Yes, we do appreciate and celebrate the moms (we can't do without them) but we also recognize the need to provide a peer support opportunity for the men who are facing their own challenges. Because they are perceived as 'always strong', there is hardly an outlet or an avenue for the guys to just let their guards down.

It was an amazing experience as Noel led and launched this pilot project in November 2015 at La Vega Estate.The men sat and chatted for hours about their personal journey with their children – through diagnosis and treatment and, in the case of two of the fathers, the devastating reality of losing a child to cancer. A common thread in each testimonial was the sense of self discovery – a revived spirituality, a new direction in life, new purpose, being made humble while being empowered to play an even more essential role in the life of the family. Wow.

After the sharing of emotions it was time to share a meal.  Based on the enthusiasm of those present, we expect that word will get around and the group will grow. Our mission is support as well as to engage in community activities. We look forward to OncoDads becoming a positive force to be reckoned with – for the love of our children.

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