On 15th of February 2013, the first and only in Bulgaria Daily Centre for children with cancer has opened its doors. It is a couple of rooms situated in the University Hospital "Tsaritsa Yoana - ISUL", nearby hospital ward of Pediatric cancer clinic. It is opened every weekday from 09:00 to 17:00, for children on active treatment, maintenance therapy and survivors. Sofia Municipality gave us he rooms and thanks to many donors our efforts, they turned into a bright and colorful place for children where they can find shelter from severe manipulations.
Far from the hospital setting, kid's playroom is a quiet place for games and fun. A small library, a game room wit computers, play station and many board games are provided for teenagers. In the art room there is a creative spirit and the small hands sculpt marvelous souvenirs, jewelery and paintings. Psychologists work on specially designed programs to meet the needs of children and young people, provide appropriate support in the difficult stages of active treatment, maintenance therapy, manage the psychological traumas that cancer and treatment bring to the child and his / her family in the process of recovery. Their work helps to overcome crisis moments, traumatic experiences such as children and parents, activation of resources, and the ability to move forward.
Besides a children's playground, the Daily center is also a room for parents who receive psychological support, art activities and shared moments with brothers and sisters of destiny.
Our team has successfully implemented mobile activities in the clinic. Every Tuesday and Wednesday we have art therapy, we do social counseling with parents. We meet the new patients and their parents by giving them a friendly hand. We answer all the questions that worry them about the daily challenges of families, the difficulties and the pain, despair and hope ... They have repeatedly told us that one of the most valuable support is the casual conversation with a brother of destiny and to hear words - "My child was also here, and now he or she is healthy - studying, dancing, dreaming ... There is a long way in front of you, but everything will pass, you will learn to live with the disease and after some time you will be healthy and happy again".