(WJLA) - When children are diagnosed with cancer, they may feel isolated from their friends and classmates. But Hopecam, a local organization, is working to keep them connected socially and help them thrive in school.
Seven-year-old Hope Veazey has leukemia.
“It’s a cancer that goes in your arms and your legs and your bones,” Hope says.
On days she has treatment or on days she feels unwell, she uses an iPad to stay in touch with her classmates at St. Theresa Catholic School.
“She’s at a very social age and she’s a young girl so it’s very important for her to feel connected,” says Ted Yeazey, her father.
Hopecam also ensures Hope doesn't fall behind in school.
“It’s also helped so she doesn’t miss material, curriculum, and able to watch lessons at home when sick,” says Hope’s teacher, Caroline Cincotta.
“It also gives her something else to focus on and not so much treatments and losing your hair and that kind of stuff,” says Kristin Yeazey, her mother.
Hopecam provides free tablets to children like Hope who are going through treatment for cancer.
The organization provides a child with a tablet computer and Internet access.
Hope says her Hopecam, which she insists is named after her, really makes a difference, and she has advice for other kids facing the same situation.
“I want them to know that it’s going to be OK, your friends are going to keep up with you,” she says.
Last year, Hopecam donated tablets to 100 local kids. This year, the goal is to help 300 children.