Children who are battling cancer spend a lot of time in bed, probably too much. The National Cancer Institute has started encouraging those young cancer patients to get out of their beds and to move.
One Chandler nonprofit is ready to help make that happen.
The Children’s Cancer Network (CCN) has converted its warehouse into a Let’s Move Center, where kids battling the disease can play basketball, air hockey, foosball, or do dance and yoga.
And the benefits are obvious.
“Getting them to move and so, [helps build] stronger bones, stronger muscles, better flexibility, better immune system, and they sleep better,” said Patti Luttrell, co-founder and executive director of CCN.
Not to mention, they’re having a lot of fun.
“That’s the main one,” said CCN program specialist Ben Gokee said. He’s a program specialist with CCN. “We realized that our goal is to improve physical, mental, and social health. It’s crazy how you can hit all three. It’s something we’ve learned. We didn’t even know we could do that.”